1946 CONOCO MAP OF THE ROSWELL REGION. COURTESY OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ANTI-ROSWELL ANTI-UFO DUDES, TIM PRINTY
Initially, when it comes to the Roswell incident, there were two separate impact sites and two separate military agencies or units at work, each unit in the beginning not aware of the other's involvement.
The archaeologist site near Pine Lodge in the Capitan Mountains where the so-called 'split rock' is located, about 50 miles west of Roswell, was handled by personnel from White Sands. It was most likely through their radar system, run by Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer and NOT the Army Air Force, that the downing of the object was first detected. It is probable as well, that it was military and civilian personnel from White Sands, most likely a V-2 quick-strike recovery team, that first showed up at the Pine Lodge Road Impact Site.
The second location, usually referred to as the Brazel site or sometimes the debris field, is in the desert flatlands northwest of Roswell not far from the town of Corona. In the initial stages the military wasn't involved at all, at least at the level of the archaeologist site because it was stumbled on by a civilian in the process of his early morning chores and then, in turn reported to the local sheriff. It was the sheriff who brought it to the attention military authorities at the Air Field.
At the time of the event and sometime afterwards the archaeologist site remained for the most part, pretty well contained. To cover their tracks a whole series of intentional disinformation was put into place to ensure any questions about a flying disc were directed toward the Brazel site, bluring both locations into being only one: Brazel's.
Why? Because there was no sign of an actual craft at the Brazel site, only scattered debris that could easily be foisted off as a weather balloon. Heavier or larger components such as the craft itself or a power source, if there was one, had already been crated up and carted off --- or in those early stages undiscovered out on the desert floor some distance away from the debris field along the object's flight path --- all the while the archaeologist site was in the final stages of being totally sanitized. See: