Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Roswell Rock


So now we have the Roswell Rock. What is it? Just a rock found in New Mexico with some sort of crop circle design on it that some think is beyond our capability to make. There seem to be no tool marks found under microscopic examination, it seems to have some strange magnetic properties and it was found within twenty-five miles of the site that is alleged to have contained the alien bodies.

It now takes it place with all those other things that have been identified with Roswell such as the Mexican Roswell, the British Roswell, the Chinese Roswell, the Russian Ros… well, you get the point. Stick Roswell in the name somehow and you have a built in audience, even if the event or thing you are describing has nothing to do with Roswell or aliens or a crashed spacecraft.

Stick this rock up there with all the other failed artifacts that have been presented from the bit of debris announced with such fanfare in 1997 as material with a known chain of custody was announced… only that the chain of custody was not presented and never has been. And let’s not forget the scientist who was claiming the isotopic ratios of the metal were not found on Earth (except, of course, they were not naturally occurring but were found on Earth) and the scientist changing the story when independently interviewed.

And let’s not forget the other bit of metal that was taken under police escort for scientific testing only to learn that it was jewelers’ scrap. Nothing extraordinary about it, except for the story that it was part of the spacecraft.

 Or the button found on the debris field that proved an Air Force connection of some kind. But it was clear that the button had been planted there for discovery by the researchers in Chasing UFOs. The Air Force didn’t exist (it would have been the Army) when the UFO allegedly crashed and the button was much too pristine. I had Air Force buttons that had not been outside in thirty years that were in worse shape because of simple neglect than this button that had been out in the weather for more than sixty years.

And now we have this rock with a strange carving on it that resembles the sort of symbols found in crop circles. In fact, Colin Andrews, one of the leading expects on crop circles said that it was an almost exact copy of a crop circle. Please note the qualifier here… almost an exact copy.

I suppose what we’re supposed to deduce here is that this rock had been in the spacecraft before the crash and that somehow it was ejected with no sign of the destruction of the craft, to be found, literally miles and miles from the crash site by a bow hunter. And while I have no doubt that the man is telling his story accurately, meaning he found the rock while bow hunting, the fact he was in New Mexico doesn’t mean that this rock had anything to do with the events of July 1947 and there is absolutely no way to connect it to 1947, just as they had been no way to connect any of these other items to the crash.

Here is where we slide off the rails completely. Colin Andrews was able to identify the crop circle and said that it was nearly a match for one created by Julian Richardson, which means it wasn’t alien in the beginning. It was a manmade crop circle and if the design on the rock was almost exactly like that of a manmade crop circle you have to ask, “What are the odds?”

We also saw, in a documentary about the Roswell Rock, an artist who creates designs by sandblasting the surface of rocks, duplicate, to a great degree the design on another rock. But he took only thirty minutes to do it and didn’t bother to polish it much at all. Had he taken more time, then he might have been able to match it to an even closer degree.

But the endgame seems to be the Roswell Alien Encounter Festival 98. According to some who were there, a company known as MLennuim Productions was selling rocks with crop circle designs on them, some looking quite a bit like the design on the Roswell Rock. This should be the last gasp of the alien nature of the Roswell Rock. Humans were making them and selling them in Roswell… so, I guess, it is legitimate to call it a Roswell Rock but it has nothing to do with alien visitation.

We can close another chapter on the Roswell UFO crash. Clearly the rock had nothing to do with it and had it not been found in central New Mexico, no one would have taken a second look at it. For those interested, a quick search of the Internet will provide other examples of these rocks. With all of this arrayed against the Roswell Rock, we have the answers we need… and it wasn’t necessary to devote an hour of TV time to the discussion. It should have taken five minutes, but then, what do you do with the other fifty-five minutes (minus the commercials)? 

14 comments:

Steve Sawyer said...

And, just to use this opportunity to paraphrase an apocryphal Freudian statement, "Sometimes a rock is just a rock."

No cigar.

wwwufonut said...

And sometimes a rock is not just a rock. My sister Debbie and I were introduced to the Rock back in 2007 and spent the next year trying to debunk it and figure out what it was. In 2008 I released a Youtube video on the Roswell Rock Circle. What we orignially called it. In 2011 the following link talks about Colin Andrews work on it which I asked for. We contacted vendors and went through catalogs looking for a replica. I paid $100 to have one made which did not resemble the original. Check out the link and decide for yourself.
Chuck Zukowski

http://www.ufonut.com/archives/2603

Ron said...

Didn't resemble it Chuck? If I did such a bad job of it I think you should send it back to me - I'll give you a refund.

Read "Replicating the Roswell Rock" http://glasstonestudio.com/blog/?page_id=402

Lance said...

please see Ron's link above for an excellent exposure of the pure silliness and complete disingenuousness of Chuck Zukowski.

The best thing one can say about Chuck is that his site name offers a fair assessment of tits owner.

Lance

Lance said...

That's "its owner" above!

KRandle said...

All -

Without much effort you can find other examples of these sorts of artifacts. There is nothing extraordinary about them. This really is a "mystery" that has been solved.

albertguitar.com said...

@Kevin
I believe it's 43 minutes for program material, so that leaves only 38 minutes of filler:)

I watched the show. It suffers from the same problems ALL of these shows have: half-vast analysis. The constituents of the rock were never determined (or, at least, not revealed). The magnetic 'analysis' was hardly rigorous (i.e. a joke), and the reproduction attempt really was a joke.

I long for the days when the Antiques Roadshow expert finally tells the owner: "This is a fake, and you wasted $1000 on something not worth $10".

Finally, it seems unlikely that an ET would carry around a stone talisman, unless it had magick powers. On the other hand, the Roswell Rock really does have some magic; it makes money for the 'reality' show producers, the network, and the participants.

Surely Robert Ridge got paid something for his efforts.

I gotta go...

Ron said...

My only issue is Chuck saying here that my rock didn't resemble the original. To his credit, I consider that he HAS actually conducted an investigation... I think that's great. I just disagree with several of his conclusions.

No two stone carvings are going to be identical, ANY sandblasted rock is going to possess characteristics unique only to itself. Regarding precision though, my replica had some better precision, and some worse precision, than the original Roswell Rock - it just depends on which parts you look at. Also, in regard to "spinning under a magnet", the video embedded toward the end of my article, clearly shows the rock I sent him rotating far better than the original, but this was dismissed also, on the premiss that mine was not a "loadstone".

OK. When I find and sandblast a loadstone, I'm sorry, I won't be sending it to anyone, I'll be keeping it.

albertguitar.com said...

@Ron
I don't understand this:

"..clearly shows the rock I sent him rotating far better than the original, but this was dismissed also, on the premiss that mine was not a "loadstone"..."

A loadstone should be more magnetic than an ordinary rock. Are they implying that your rock was a loadstone, and the original wasn't?

I gotta go...

Ron said...

The Roswell Rock is allegedly a loadstone with polarity etc.

Mine was not - just very attractable, I would guess with a high iron content, so no polarity, and no measurable magnetism of it's own.

Steve Sawyer said...
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Steve Sawyer said...

It's also much more commonly spelled "lodestone" rather than loadstone, although the latter is an acceptable spelling, also.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodestone

But, as an "artifact," I doubt very much it really has anything at all to do with the Roswell incident itself, and has no acceptable chain of custody or other provenance, which I suppose was Kevin's point in mentioning it in the first place. A kind of physical example of "caveat emptor."

It's just another alleged Roswell "artifact" that cannot really be connected empirically to any such supposed "UFO crash," even if that incident itself is or was as has been portrayed, i.e., ET-related. Which I also have my doubts about.

As for "tits owner," well... that's what she said?

Don McCoy said...

I just don't get the hype. There's nothing to prove the rock was even found in New Mexico...let alone that it's connected with Roswell. Plus I saw some schlock-fest show with Giorgio Souvlaki and his troll hair "proving" that this stone couldn't be made by modern means (one of my all time favorite UFO hunter gambits).

Some jackass found a rock...carved a replica of a crop circle onto it...and now it's LORE!

YEAAAAAAH Science!

albertguitar.com said...

@Ron

Magnets are manufactured by exposing magnetizable materials to a very strong magnetic field for a relatively short time (a 'pulse').

I wonder if your 'rock' could be magnetized in a similar manner. If I wanted a magnetic rock, that's what I would do :)

Then you'd have a 'Ron Rock', with a known provenance, and available on Amazon......Then, after your rock is 'analyzed', you can claim that YOU planted the Roswell Rock, and that there are many more out there, waiting to be found!

Shades of James Moseley :)

I gotta go...