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« Thread started on: Nov 10th, 2003, 6:05pm »

New crop circles appear in soybean field near West Union

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Mark Tolle/for The People’s Defender
By TROY JOLLY

and CALEB GROOMS

The People’s Defender



Another mysterious crop circle has appeared in an Adams County soybean field. The formation was found on St. Rt. 41, south of West Union, across from the entrance to Roy Pence Road. The crop circle, found on the farm of Jack and Sherry Ellis, is believed to have been in the field for three to four weeks, according to Jeff Wilson, an independent crop circle investigator from Dexter, Mich.

The circle is believed to be in the formation of a dream catcher, according to Doug McIlwain, president of the Great Serpent Mound Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers. Dream catchers are an ancient spiritual tool used to help assure good dreams to those that sleep under them. A dream catcher is usually placed over a place where a person would sleep so that the morning light can hit it. While sleeping, all dreams from the spirit world have to pass through the dream catcher. Only good dreams can pass through the hole in the center while the bad dreams are caught in the webbing and are destroyed by the morning light.

McIlwain stated the authenticity of the circle has not been confirmed, however, there are designs present in the circle in the shape of an hour glass, which is consistent with authentic circles. Richard Barnhouse, also aiding in the investigation, is trying to link the design with different types of languages. Barnhouse said that the design is believed to be a form of language and is trying to determine the message from the formation.

Wilson, who also investigated the Serpent Mound formation, stated that the circle was created prior to the first frost of the season, meaning that the plants were green at the time of its creation. An estimated eight plants were found inside the circle that had held their green color despite the recent weather and typical drying process soybeans undergo prior to harvest. Upon examining the entire field, no other green plants were found.

"There's not enough evidence to determine authenticity," said Wilson, "I have found things that are unusual but cannot make a determination."

Wilson went on to say that soybean plants possess a fuzz on the outer portion of the stem which was missing on the flattened plants inside the formation. The fuzz was missing from the plants from tip to tip, unlike some plants in hoax formations. Within these hoax formations, the fuzz may be missing from a portion of the plants, or missing in areas on the plant, caused by boards or other objects flattening the beans. The fact that the fuzz is missing from the entire plant is consistent with an authentic formation, but Wilson said this may have been caused by the inclement weather.

Wilson also said nothing unusual appeared during electro-magnetic detection. A small, three-foot rope was found within one of the circles of the formation. Wilson reported the rope was identical to one used to start small engines, with knots melted on both ends. He was quick to rule out the possibility that the rope was used in the creation of the circle.

"It was a starter rope like any of those you can buy at your local hardware," Wilson said.

Like the Serpent Mound formation, it has been reported that an ancient burial ground lies near the location of the newest circle, however, Barnhouse, who is also involved in Native American studies, has no record of such site.

McIlwain said that the new circle is smaller than the Serpent Mound formation. Wilson stated that the circle is reminiscent of other circles that appeared in Wisconsin in the late 90's. The largest circle in the new design is forty-foot in diameter. According to McIlwain, two other crop circles have appeared in the county since the Serpent Mound formation, however, both have been proven to be hoaxes.

A final report has not been filed on the Serpent Mound formation, said Wilson, as he is waiting on further information. As for the newest creation, signs are posted on the property warning onlookers to not trespass. Wilson said the best view is from higher ground on Roy Pence Road, but those interested in seeing the circle should hurry, there are plans to harvest the crop sometime this week.
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