Myths & Legends

The Roswell Rock

The Roswell Rock. Image by Robert Ridge.

The Roswell Rock. Image by Robert Ridge.

When local businessman Robert Ridge was out deer hunting one September afternoon back in 2004, little did he realize that he was, potentially, about to make a discovery that has come under scrutiny and fierce debate even to this day. Half buried in the sands of the desert was a small brown rock that stuck out from the rest of the terrain. It was only when he ventured to pick it up that he discovered an embossed design on one face of it.

Ridge made an additional discovery about his new find. The rock had a strong magnetic field that emanated from somewhere within it. When coming into magnetic contact with exterior magnetism, the rock would slowly revolve in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, depending on which pole was being manipulated. The rock was also somehow able to remain in physical contact with one’s hand when that hand was being held in a vertical orientation.

Almost certainly the most eye-catching feature of the rock is the design itself; similar to a crop circle found in Southern England about a decade before the rock was discovered. This crop circle was discovered by a pilot and his passenger who flew over the field twice within half an hour. The first time that they passed there was nothing but a standard field of corn. When they returned, the circle had been formed. Crop circle investigators carried out extensive studies of the circle and eventually came to the conclusion that it was not only a genuine example, but a near perfect formation. Studies of the correlation between the rock and the circle have discovered that both are designed to scale in relation to one another. One perfectly overlays the other.

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Crop Circle. Liddington Castle, Wiltshire | 2nd August 1996 | 1 Wheat OH 35mm neg. Aerial image © 1996 by Steve Alexander at

Skeptics of the Roswell Rock say that it is either some elaborate hoax or some kind of anomaly that has somehow managed to beat the million-to-one odds of becoming sensitized to magnetism. According to conventional wisdom, the best way to fabricate the rock would be sandblast an existing stone using a stencil designed placed upon the top of it. While such an endeavor would create an external design, testing of this hypothesis produced an example of lesser quality than that of the rock has. With enough time and dedication, it is surely possible to create a definitive example, but then why leave it out in the middle of nowhere and hope that it would be found? It would certainly be more logical to hide it where it would be almost guaranteed to be discovered.

Studies of the stone itself quickly determined that the type of rock itself was not native to Cedar Hill where it was found. Many of those loose stones were limestone. The rock was certainly not of the same sort. That much was clear just by a visual inspection. Further studies also determined that the rock was of a considerable age and found to be a solid object with no internal cavities where a hoaxer could have hidden a small magnet. The beveling on the design was microscopically clear and defined, suggesting that some advanced laser cutting tool was used to carve it. Sandblasting alone would not account for that.

If this rock is as ancient as believed, how long had it been here? Where did it originate and did it have something to do with the landmark UFO crash just after the war? Could extra-terrestrial visitors have deposited it here eons ago and came to retrieve it one stormy day in 1947? If so, was the crop circle in England a further attempt to locate the rock? Will they make another attempt? Is the rock some sort of key?

Or maybe someone is trying to tell us something different.

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Les Hewitt

Les currently resides in London and is an ancient alien theorist. He has a long standing interest in the paranormal and the unexplained. In his spare time he enjoys astronomy and Xboxing. It’s a big Universe out there.

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