Wise said it seems unlikely that the Cabell County rock cairns are the result of someone having cleared off a relatively flat piece of land for agricultural purposes.
Neither American Indian nor pioneer farmers would have taken the time or effort to create elaborate stacks of rocks, and then left many of them in the middle of the flat ground they were clearing, instead of throwing them off the bench. Pioneer farmers would likely have hauled the stones off on horse-drawn wagons or sleds.
“It took a lot of work and a lot of time to build them,” Wise said. “I just don’t see them being moved and stacked for agriculture.”