1.4 – The Mission (5.4.10)

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90 miles west of London, in the county of Wiltshire, the English countryside remains pretty much as it has for thousands of years. Small farms, stone walls, and rolling green hills provide inhabitants with an environment of peace and stability. This historic region is also home to a large number of ancient sacred sites, many built thousands of years ago.

“It’s an ancient, sacred landscape where most of them occur. There are monuments that you know about: Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury Hill.  This is one small area that seems to be a manipulated landscape that was done thousands of years ago where sacred rituals have taken place.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

But in 1978, Wiltshire’s tranquil landscape became the focus of a controversy that persists to this day.

Robert Moore, News at 10 – Wiltshire (July 2, 1990): “Today, alongside the tracks of farm machinery, a new set of circles were found. No human tracks lead to the markings.”

There, carved in fields of wheat, barley, and rye were elaborate geometric patterns. Even more curious was the fact that much like the famed Nazca Lines of Peru, the designs were only visible from the air.

“When you see it for the first time, you go, ‘What in the world is that doing there?’ I mean, it’s obviously not natural.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

“There have been cases that have been traced back for hundreds of years – so-called Mowing Devil, where apparently some sort of a devil supposedly mowed a field in a single night. But they became recognized as a phenomenon only when these circles started appearing in English wheat fields. They were very simple things at first. And well – but they kept occurring year after year, and each year they seemed to get a little more elaborate. One of the early theories was that there was some kind of whirlwind that was making them. But as they became more elaborate, they also became associated with paranormal activity, particularly UFOs. Some people said they saw a light in the field at night. And some people that – began to read that as a UFO presence.”

Thomas E. Bullard, Ph.D. (Folklorist)

Robert Moore, News at 10 – Wiltshire (July 2, 1990): “This circle in a Wiltshire field is just one of 200 such markings to have been discovered in the last six weeks. To farmers and scientists, how they’re formed or by whom remains a big mystery.”

Not surprisingly, the region became the focus of intense interest from UFO enthusiasts and skeptics, each offering explanations as to who or what was responsible for this strange phenomenon. But if in fact, alien beings from another planet were responsible for the crop circles, why were they making them in England? Were they trying to contact us or were there clues embedded in the designs? And was the proximity to Stonehenge and other ancient sites of any particular significance?

“So you have the idea of these Earth energies and these ancient structures, and then the crop circles are appearing around them. And many of the crop circles appear to be some kind of signals and ancient writing.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The crop circles are calling us back to a time before science and spirit got separated, when we were whole; we had a sense of wholeness. And here, they’re landing near sacred sites that are from an ancient time when we did experience those things.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

“When I saw the first photographs, I was haunted, actually. Are these extraterrestrials doing this? Are we dealing with somebody who knows how to bend space and time? Our entire relationship with the Universe and quantum physics – in all of its complexities – has been pushed hard by crop formations alone.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“Certainly it is one theory that extraterrestrials are trying to communicate in a big way through popular media. Crop circles do get in newspapers all over the world. Perhaps that’s what they want.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“These are being carefully designed. They’re not accidental – both, in terms of the shape, and where they land. These aren’t accidents. There’s a mind behind this that’s making these decisions. Where is that mind? What kind of body is it in?”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

Scientists struggle to find an explanation for the phenomenon, until in 1991, two self-proclaimed British pranksters, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, came forward and proclaimed that they were the ones responsible.

“They showed how they could make crop circles in a single night using some very simple tools. And at the time, people said, ‘Well, that must be the explanation for it.’”

Thomas E. Bullard, Ph.D. (Folklorist)

Nevertheless, some researchers remain skeptical that a single pair of elderly men could have created literally hundreds of designs in the dead of night with little more than a few boards and some rope.

“You know, it was very effective. You still run into people – ‘Crop circles – oh, forget about them. Those two old guys made a…come on, don’t be so naïve! They were done by those two old guys years ago. What are you paying attention to them anymore?’ Very effective piece of disinformation.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

During the years that followed Bower and Chorley’s confession, crop circles continued to appear in the English countryside and at various locations around the world. Some were inarguably the work of artists or jokesters. But after studying soil samples and grain dispersion patterns in the disturbed farmland, researchers concluded that it would be impossible for all of these designs to be man-made.

“Well, in what we would consider to be a mysterious crop circles, where we can’t identify it being made by people – the lay is absolutely beautiful. The lay of the crop. It’s like a million carpet layers came down, and put these stalks of grain down, right parallel to one another. It’s just a gorgeous thing to behold. When the hoaxers make them, they tend to be sloppy and messy because they’re not…they haven’t got that same force. They’re doing handmade manipulation, which doesn’t lay them down quite as beautifully.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

In 1991, noted biophysicist Dr. William Levengood put forth a startling new theory. After spending ten years studying crop circle sites and samples, he concluded that they were created by a complex energy system, which he called a spinning plasma vortex that comes down from somewhere high up in the atmosphere.

“Biophysicist Levengood has now analyzed 350-some samples from crop formations in his career. Now, if Levengood were sitting here with me, he would say, ‘All I can do is, I can take you from the ground – I can take you from the crops, up. But I can’t tell you what sets in motion that spinning plasma vortex in the first place. It’s still a huge mystery.’ ”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“The anomalous things that happen inside crop circles are in fact one of the indications that you’re in a so-called genuine circle because indeed the weirdest things happen. Batteries fail – brand-new batteries. People go in with cameras. Cell phones don’t work.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

“There have been people who have started reading all kinds of messages into these crop circles. That they have some kind of digital significance that you can read. There’s a kind of numerology, and there’ll be a kind of message. People are really reading something into it.”

Thomas E. Bullard, Ph.D. (Folklorist)

“In terms of who or what is delivering them – we have no way to know that. We only have science fiction that tells us what’s coming to visit us. So, we have to just speculate about where this might be coming from. We have to wait for whatever the source is to introduce itself to us.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

“Are we dealing with time travelers? Are we dealing with spiritual forces from some dimension we don’t understand? Are we dealing with advanced intelligences that are not even in this galaxy, that are from someplace else? And is this a form of communication? The conversations keep getting more and more complicated.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“Crop circles are contact. We are being contacted. Just because we don’t have the bodies to shake hands with, we have the evidence that the bodies have left us. I’m absolutely convinced that crop circles are evidence of intelligent life. There is intelligence bombarding us, winking at us, waving.”

Suzanne Taylor (Producer / Director, Crop Circles Researcher)

Are these mysterious crop circles messages or warnings? Or might they have another, perhaps more profound, purpose? Could they be futuristic clues guiding us to our ultimate destiny or ancient symbols paving the way for our ultimate destruction?

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References:

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[5b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.4 – The Mission. [DVD Footage: Mystery Miners]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

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