“Regardless of what it is, it is an amazing, weird, cool thing,” Wolter told the paper. “I can see why people really got excited about it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
So why are they smashing the wall? To study the pieces of it for paleomagentism, the record of the magnetic field of the earth at the time the rocks formed.
“The theory is, if this is a natural feature then all the arrows should be pointing in the same direction because the rock was all made at the same time,” Wolter said. “If it’s a man-made feature, as they put the blocks in they would be rotated and they would not line up, so the arrows should be random going in all directions.”
One of the more interesting takeaways from the article is that Scott Wolter and the producers of the show told the paper they were not familiar with the Rockwall rock wall until someone from the town called their tip line (yes, they have a tip line) to ask them to investigate. According to the son of the property owner, a man named Adam Nix of the Collin County Historical Foundation contacted History about bringing the show to town.
This is especially interesting since last year an article about the Rockwall rock wall appeared in an anthology of Ancient American magazine articles (The Lost Worlds of Ancient America, 2012) that included not one but two articles by Scott Wolter himself. Is he not familiar with the books he appears in, or the magazine he writes for?