|The 1990 Semitic Formations|
Alton Barnes, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Reported 12th July 1990
As Stuart Dike wrote, (with editorial changes):
Alton Barnes back in 1990 was your normal rural sleepy picture postcard village in Wiltshire. It was situated at that time slightly away from the Crop Circles haunt, some two miles south of Avebury, on the borders of the Vale of Pewsey. Not a lot went on, but on the 13th of July 1990 all of that was to change, as this 400+ft long pictogram was to put Alton Barnes on the map, and to probably make it the most famous village in the world!
If you weren't able to visit this pictogram set within a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by Ancient Sites as Adam's Grave and Knapp Hill, then I would like to describe the events that surrounded this amazing formation. The appearance of the pictogram took everyone by surprise. No one could have predicted a shape of this complexity and originality. The formations that had appeared in the immediate area at that time were still resembling the designs of the late eighties, but here was something different from the norm, and was to capture the world's imagination
Tim and Polly Carson are the Farmers of East Field and the surrounding land, but this was their first Crop Circle. Naturally they were excited about the event. Polly drove up the sloping road towards Napp Hill on the early hours of July 13th to view the formation, and was overcome by the shear scale of the design. She felt that a phone call was in order to try and find some experts to view the formation for themselves and called the local paper. By chance the lady on the phone knew of Colin Andrews and gave her his number. Well as you can imagine it literally spiraled from that point, and many of the leading researchers were astounded by its appearance, and its overall construction.
Many of the major formations throughout the years, have at times had unusual events that have surrounded their appearance. Alton Barnes was no exception, as many of the local residence's reported strange behaviors from their pets, and experienced an unearthly sound which seemed to have flowed at very low altitude over the village itself on the very night the formation was formed. They couldn't really describe it exactly, but it was as if a loud jet aircraft had flown directly over them, but this actually occurred in the early hours of the morning. Were the Military carrying out night movements over civilian populated areas? It would seem unlikely but Alton Barnes does lay within Military testing country. We'll never really know what happened that night, but it will always be part of the mystery of the phenomenon.
The Crop Circle Connector has included this additional report and further photographic record of this formation, as it will always remain a fond and magical memory to us, back in those heady days of 1990. In some way we are celebrating this formation, as it is quite hard to recapture this particular event in July 1990. Many thousands of people came to visit the formation from all over the country and world, and from all walks of life.
Crop Circles are generally places where you can probably only connect with complete strangers with regard to their thoughts and experiences on life, and its meaning. This was the first formation to actually connect with other people, and that is one of the magical sides to this phenomenon, because it brings people together, who outside in the modern world wouldn't give each other the time of day. Its quite extraordinary, and Alton Barnes was almost the pioneer formation for this unorthodox gathering of people. Certainly the roadside to East Field was an indication of the power of this formation. At times it resembled Car Park, as people scrambled for a place to view the formation, and even used their car roof's to get a better elevation for their photographic albums.
The overall length of the formation was the largest in the world at that time, some 430 feet in length. It was comprised of six main circles in a line, with two independent dumbell designs, with one single outer ring circle creating the head of the formation. The crop itself was as flat as a pancake, I can't stress how flat it was. (See Photographs) Every part of the formation had the same applied pressure on the plants, even the main key feature on the head circle was the same, with the crop flowing perfectly into each fork segment. The main circles on the formation where flowing in a Clockwise rotation, and the boxes on either side of the connecting avenue carried on the same design from the Cheesefoot Head formation from earlier in the season.
Note by Moyer: Refer to my analysis of the formation contained in
The formations shown below were related to this one at Alton Barnes, and may have been placed to reinforce the original.
Stanton St Bernard, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Formed 12th July.
A double pictogram appeared the same night as the one in East field. This formation included key and Fork designs similar to Alton Barnes, it was almost just as long, but not quite so well constructed. It was hardly visited compared to it's big brother in East Field, as it was located away from the road, but was just as important as a design.
well known video taken by Steve Alexander during July 1990 from Milk Hill facing
|Wansdyke Path, Allington Down, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Formed Mid July.|
Allington Down, East Kennet, Nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Formed 26th July.
This magnificent formation, that graced the hills close to the ancient mound of Silbury Hill, was the third double pictogram design to appear in the Avebury area in 1990.
The formation appeared just 12 days after the famous Alton Barnes pictogram, and the lesser known Stanton St Bernard event. Both of these enormous designs appeared on the same night, and the Allington Down formation was the third in the sequence.