In “Probing the secrets of crop circles” (Access Research Network, August 10, 2011), David Tyler looks at the curious phenomenon of patterns formed by the flattening of crops: Law? Chance? Trespassers? Space aliens?
Whilst many suspected human activity, people did not own-up to making crop circles. If this is the explanation, the perpetrators have kept remarkably silent about their accomplishments! There were two schools of thought: one group concentrated on humans, whereas the other group looked for aliens and UFOs.
However, this discourse changed in 1991, when “two unassuming men in their sixties declared that they had been creating crop circles for more than 25 years.” At last, the silence had been broken! These two could not be responsible for all the crop circles made in this period, but they did confess to making 250 of them (20% of the total in England). More.
Competition and pursuit of publicity for this peculiar art form led to growing sophistication through the use of “computers, GPS equipment and lasers to help map out their patterns.”