Interest in the crop circle phenomenon has been on the wane since the much-publicised 1991 confession of 'Doug and Dave', two British men who said they had kick-started a hoaxing industry by creating circles in fields armed only with wooden planks. But now a researcher is claiming to have proof that the phenomenon pre-dates Doug and Dave's pranking by at least 33 years.
[H]istorian Greg Jefferys, who has a degree in archaeology, says he has new evidence that not all crop circles have a human origin.
After spending more than 300 hours examining aerial photographs from Google Earth’s new 1945 overlay, Jefferys concludes that a number of crop circles has been appearing consistently each summer for at least 33 years before Chorley and Bower began their work.
The overlay, according to the Huffington Post, is a series of images taken toward the end of World War II and covers about 35 percent of England, excluding the Wiltshire area, a crop-circle hotspot that has attracted numerous tourists.
See the gallery of alleged glyphs at the Huffington Post.
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