On August 14th 2001, a strange "crop glyph" of a humanoid face appeared in a field just outside the Chilbolton Radio Telescope grounds in Hampshire England, one year after the 'fractal crop glyph' was found in the same field. According to Darcy Ladd, Manager of the Chilbolton Radio Observatory, in an interview with Colin Andrews, the image appeared “suddenly on the morning of August 14th.” The image which confronted the Telescope personnel that morning bore a striking resemblance to the July, 1976 Viking image of the "Face on Mars", right down to the appearance of asymmetry and "erosion" on the right hand side.
Though first noticed by the telescope employees on the 14th, the Chilbolton "Face" was not reported (and not by the facility staff) until Sunday, August 19th. Its announcement in England caused an immediate worldwide sensation on the Internet.
The Face turned out, under a "Gaussian blur filter", to bear a strong resemblance to a somewhat primitive human face, not unlike the Face on Mars if the Face’s erosion was removed. But the Chilbolton glyph lacked a key feature of the Cydonia Face, the distinctive "platform" around the base. In place of this however, it was obviously carefully placed within a frame.
There were other, far more sophisticated aspects, which drew people to this glyph. The whole thing seemed to be made up of cells, which bore a striking resemblance to the half-tone “dots” used to create newspaper pictures, or the pixels of a digital image. These "pixels" were made up of a series of darker standing tufts of wheat, with the bright "pixels" created by the gently swirled down stalks between. The deliberately created illusion in this glyph that the lighting is coming from the upper left (as in the original Viking Cydonia frame), when in fact Steve Alexander’s aerial photograph was taken with the sunlight on the field coming from the lower right - is further testimony to the superb optical physics embodied in this effort. The Face glyph was also placed in the field in such a way that the “tramline” scanned across the nose cuts it almost exactly in half.