Strange rock raises
Record Staff Writer
strange rock with unusual magnetic properties - deeply scored, with
what appears to be moon phases, a solar eclipse and the depiction of
a supernova -- has been unearthed on the outskirts of Roswell. Its
discovery has startled researchers, scientists and all who have
If proven to be of extraterrestrial origin, it will mark the second
time in less than a century that the Roswell area has received
communications from outer space.
Roswell Mayor Sam D. LaGrone, who actually saw and touched the rock
over the weekend, said, "It is a very strange looking rock.... I
touched it, I felt it, and I just don't see how it could have been
The rock, he said, adds another element to "the strangeness of
Roswell," 61 years after the purported 1947 UFO crash and alleged
cover-up by military authorities.
The deep wine-red colored rock, measuring less than two inches
across, and weighing about 40 grams, was unearthed in September 2004
by Roswell businessman Robert Ridge, 50 , who said he found it while
deer hunting in Cedar Hill, 17 miles "as the crow flies" from the
1947 purported UFO crash site.
"I saw some fresh tracks and followed them," he said. "That's when I
noticed the partially exposed rock on the side of a sand pit. But I
didn't pick it up at first because I thought there were deer up
ahead, and didn't want to break off the pursuit."
When he realized the tracks were just goat tracks, he headed back
the way he came, picked up the rock, and put it in his pocket, he
After showing the rock to family and friends, he decided to keep it
in a safe deposit box until last year, when curiosity to discover
the truth about it got the better of him.
"In July 2007, I was introduced to UFO investigators Chuck Zukowski
and Debbie Ziegelmeyer, and they were astounded at what they saw,"
Zulkowski said the investigators where so impressed, they presented
the rock to a number of experts, including prominent New Mexico
anthropologists, "all of whom claimed they had never seen anything
"They said there is no way this rock could have been scored or
drilled in the way it was, without sophisticated modern equipment,
like lasers and high speed water-fed grinders and drills," Zukowski
The artifact's image appears to be literally "pulled" from the
surface of the red iron ore rock.
Apart from its strange appearance, Zukowski said, the rock has
"peculiar" magnetic properties.
"It retains its magnetic polarity by which it will spin a compass
needle and register its magnetic field on meters," he said. The oval
rock will also spin, depending on the position of a magnet over the
image surface, he added.
Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer said that archeologists requested that the
rock be submitted for further laboratory analysis, in what they
describe as phase two of their investigation.
One anthropologist reportedly described the rock as being similar to
Lodestones have been mentioned in literature for centuries as having
magical and mystical properties. There are ancient accounts of
people reporting that when holding lodestones, their hands and body
shook, and that the stones cured a wide range of illnesses,
including snake bites and headaches.
Native Americans reportedly used lodestones as protection against
Meanwhile, investigators claim the artifact mirrors a crop circle
that appeared in Liddleton, England, in 1996, indicating a
possibility the stone bears a message from space.
Priscilla Wolf, of Tijeras, a native American woman known to have
"powers," visited the site were the rock was found last weekend, and
said she felt a vibration in her hands when she held the rock, and
that "light came down from the skies" when the rock was deposited at
Although the rock was found partially exposed on the surface,
Zukowski said, the sandy area in which it was found is known to
erode and shift, possibly uncovering the rock.
"It appeared to have been buried at one time," said Ridge, who
believes the rock represents more than just an interesting object.
"After I had it a few months, I began to think about it and began to
think that it may be a beacon of some kind, or a message," he said.
"And I believe the message is that if we don't learn to get along
with each other, we will be destroyed," he said.