After reports of strange lights in the sky around fields began being reported, many started to believe that these flattened, mostly circular formations were being created by UFOs and their inhabitants.
These circles began being reported in the 1970's by farmers in their fields throughout southern England, although historians have found documentation said to show that the patterns have been occurring for decades, debunking the perception that this is a modern phenomena. At first they were singular, circular or egg-shaped depressions found in everything from fields of wheat, maize, barley and other cereals to rapeseed, sugar cane and reeds. They would be found during the daytime, and appeared to have formed overnight.
After reports of strange lights in the sky around fields began being reported, many started to believe that these flattened formations were being created by UFOs and their inhabitants. Many religious and superstitious folk began sprouting the belief that the Devil had been creating the circles, fuelled perhaps by ancient folklore regarding a curse created by a scorned farmer who refused to pay a worker more money for reaping his crops. Many believed (and there are still some today) the shapes were created by Nature spirits, such as elves and Fairies, trying to communicate with humans.
It is claimed they came forward after a number of scientists began claiming these circles couldn't be man-made. They are said to have created a simple circle in front of a group of journalists and paranormal investigators, and Bower admitted the idea started from an incident he had heard about while living in Australia in the 1960's, in which a man had claimed to have seen a UFO flying away from grassland in Tully, Queensland, and had left a circular "nest" in swamp grass.
By this point, many scientists believed the circles were the result of rare meteorological events such as freak tornadoes or whirlwinds that were somehow affected by nearby hills, however this theory was dealt a blow when formations were found with straight lines between circles,and smaller circles or lines crossing or mixed with them. Then more elaborate designs were discovered, stretching miles in length and width and displaying pictures of animals, intricate geometric and complex shapes, astrological signs and magic symbols.
There is evidence that in some cases UFOs may be involved, with many unexplained lights being seen and then afterwards formations are found. In some cases, especially in the U.S., the discovery of crop circles have been made around the same time and area of cattle and animal mutilations. There is also many sightings of small orbs near newly formed formations, leading many to speculate the existence of Fey folk and their involvement.
With this topic frustrating many researchers and scientists still today, what many agree on is that many hoaxers are responsible for many of the patterns and pictographs found. There is evidence however that not all cases are the result of compressed plants and that some kind of external, large heat source is creating them.
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