National Geographic : 1897 Oct
THE ENCHANTED MESA a single relic when we had reached the top of the trail and looked about at the destruction wrought; and yet we had been on the summit only a few minutes when Major Pradt found a sherd of pottery of very ancient type, much crackled by weathering. This fragment is of plain gray ware, quite coarse in texture, with a degraissant of white sand. Beginning at the eastern side we immediately began to explore the rim of the escarpment, in a short time encountering the rude monument which had been observed by Professor Libbey, who FIG. 2 -AN ARTIFICIAL MONUMENT ON THE SUMMIT expresses the opinion that it may have found its origin in ero sion ; but it seems to me, as I think it will appear to any one who will examine the accompanying illustration (Fig. 2), that only a glance is necessary to determine beyond all doubt that the pile could not have been erected save by the hand of man. The structure stands on a natural floor of sandstone at the edge of the eastern cliff, and consists of a narrow slab some 30 inches in length held erect by smaller slabs and bowlders about the base, the stratification of the upright slab being vertical, that of the supporting stones horizontal. It would have been impossible for the structure to have originated by any but artificial means.