2002 - 1


The year 2002 continued

the complexity and wonder of crop circles.

Except for this first formation I have omitted

April and May formations

because I think they are fakes


Telegraph Hill, Lilley, nr Luton, Hertfordshire.
Reported 1st June.


The barley in many places had risen by the time I was able to visit the formation on 12th. However in other areas the barley was still low on the ground.

The formation does not look as if it has been visited much as there are no foot prints around the formation. While the crop in most of the formation looks undamaged the crop in the centre appeared to have been crushed.

Report by Russell Stannard

Avebury Trusloe, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire.
Reported 2nd June.


Text by Stuart Dike:

While we were all pondering on a rather slow start to the season in Wiltshire, an
an event took place, just outside of the village of Beckhampton that may have officially started officially started the 2002 crop circle season. 

The two huge stones, known as Adam and Eve, are situated between Folly Hill and the Beckhampton Drove. The field they reside in is known as Longstones Field. To my knowledge, there has never been a formation in this particular field, which has surprised many of us in the crop circle world. However, this year has come close, as this particular formation appeared in the neighbouring field towards the Downs of Avebury Trusloe.


The new formation certainly came as a surprise to all of us. We obviously had a few events before, but the quality of this formation surpassed anything we had earlier. On entering the formation, you could see the quality of the floor pattern. Barley tends to recover very quickly, so time is of the essence to witness the floor as it was created. However we arrived at the formation just in time, as another day would have made it very difficult for any judgment.  

The design itself would appear to be some kind of Celtic knot, with 39 outside circles, connected to its outer ring. These circles had a standing center within each one. The inner section of the design includes six interlocking Convex Equilateral Triangles. (This is) a feature that was seen before, within a few formations from the 1999 crop circle season in Wiltshire. Are we about to see a re-emergence of this triangle in the designs?

Halewick Lane, Sompting, Nr Worthing,

West Sussex.
Reported 3rd June.


Text by Andy Thomas:


In an area which has played host to many Sussex crop formations over the years, a new and beautiful design was discovered in green wheat on the morning of 3rd June 2002.  Locals confirm the field was empty the day before.



The design is essentially a ringed circle with two crescent arms each side, each culminating in a small circle.  Averaging things out, the centre circle is 62' diameter, while the ring is 120' diameter and 6' wide.  The arms are both 194' in walking length, 23' width at the widest part and 1' at the tips.  The small outer circles are both 24' diameter.  The total distance across the formation, from outer circle to outer circle, is 280'. 


The pattern is clear-cut and well-laid (messy paths through standing areas were not there when first viewed and have been added by visitors, and a fair amount of crop recovery was also visible just two days later).  The centre circle was laid anticlockwise, whilst the ring was largely laid clockwise, but had a very thin counter-rotating flow less than a foot wide within the inner edge of its lay.  The outer circles were both anticlockwise, while the arms were swept outwards towards the tips.  Curiously, there is evidence from overlapping in the lay to show that the arms were laid first, before the ring from which they project.  The lay of the outer circle on the northern arm was a continuation of the flow from the crescent, which swept in from the tip and then splayed out again to create the circle.

Silbury Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 4th June.


Text from Stuart Dike: It can only be described as a cross type design, with similar characteristics to other formations that have graced this landscape from previous seasons. . . . Obviously created by the same agency, but this design appears to be far more articulate I felt, and in one of the best locations in the area.  Itís a great advantage point to view the area, especially later on in the season, when you can on occasions see numerous crop circles across the landscape. 


A very well executed formation, extremely neat on the floor, and in a variety of Barley I havenít experienced before. I am sure the heads of this crop are slightly different in nature, as every time you place any pressure on the fallen plants they crunch and crackle, like no other Barley crop I have walked on Within crop circles. But it is always a pleasure to visit formations in the best crop of the season. What a shame it doesnít last. 

Barton Hill Road, Streatley, nr Luton, Bedfordshire. Reported 17th June


Text from Russell Stannard: I discovered this formation while photographing the Telegraph Hill formation. It can easily be seen from the A6 when travelling north from Luton. It is on the side of a small hill in the field and best viewed from the side of the field or the village of Streatley.

The crop is well laid in the lower parts of the formation, but at the top the crop is very much shorter and it has risen up again. The Crop is Barley. The pointed bit at the top is on top of a  hill with the body trailing down.

The lay in the rings and inner circles does not flow round in a circle, it flows out and down hill.

The circles making up the tail at the bottom are all swirled clockwise. The circles making up the 'legs' on the lower side in the photograph, are swirled clockwise. The legs on the far side are swirled anticlockwise.

Avebury Stone Circle, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 21st June.


North Farm, nr West Overton, Wiltshire.
Reported 23rd June.


Text from CFPR: One of the finest UK formations of 2002 is now coiled around the top of a hill at West Overton in Wiltshire.   

As can be seen from the aerial image, what has now manifest in this field appears to represent two snakes or serpents, entwined together in perfect harmony. The formation spans some 250ft across the fast maturing barley field and is situated very high on the slopes so cannot be easily seen from the busy A4 highway. The best distance view of this impressive event can be had from the top of Overton hill. From this vantage the serpentine formation looks quite stunning and rather interestingly, very much at home in itís new, or maybe, old resting place. 

On the ground the formation actually looked as if it was at least a couple of days old when we visited the scene, (23-6-02).  This formation just did not look or feel fresh; it had lost its edge, so to speak, subjectively and indeed objectively. However overall construction was of high quality with a few very interesting features, most notably, what can be perceived as eyes on each of the snake heads (see ground shots). The laid crop pathways that makes up the spiralling bodies is six feet wide throughout and was generally neat and tidy, just a little rough in a few localised areas, possibly due to topographical considerations or maybe earlier visitor activity. 


Note the two "eyes" within the head of each serpent. These are small standing tufts of grass.