While hunting in 2004, local businessman, Robert Ridge found something that would later become a subject of fierce debates. Half buried in the desert sands was a little brown rock which was different from the others. Ridge saw it, and only when he picked it up, he discovered an embossed symbol on its face.
Ridge even found out that a strong magnetic field was emanating from somewhere within the rock. When in contact with an outside magnetic source, the rock would start to slowly revolve around that source.
Of course, the most interesting feature of the Roswell Rock is the cryptic design on its face. It is extremely similar to a crop circle found in England ten years before the discovery of the rock. The crop circle was first seen by a pilot, who flew over the field twice within half an hour. The first time he passed, there was nothing extraordinary in the field, but when he came back later, the circle had already formed.
Studies of the correlation between the rock and the circle have discovered that both scale in relation to one another – one perfectly overlays the other.
Skeptics think that the Roswell Rock is either an elaborate hoax or some kind of a rare anomaly, which gave the rock magnetic properties. The best way to fabricate the rock would be to sandblast an existing stone using a stencil design placed upon its face. While this could create an external design, testing of this hypothesis produced an example of lesser quality than that of the rock. 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 be more logical to hide it where it would be almost guaranteed to be discovered.
Studies of the stone itself quickly determined that this type of rock cannot be found in Cedar Hill where the Roswell Rock was discovered. Many of the other loose stones were limestone. The rock was certainly not of the same sort. 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 could not have yielded the same results.
In this case, of course, the questions are way more than the answers, and speculations continue to arise, but the origins and purpose of the enigmatic Roswell Rock still remain a complete mystery.