The effulgent white stone of the White Mesas is thought to have been especially valuable to ancient erjans, and likely sacred. Countless important structures—monuments, tombs, and temples—litter the full expanse occupied by the Mesas, built and often carved outright from the stone. While this could simply be due to the immediate availability of the material, of note is that what remains have been found of nearby common structures are constructed of much plainer wood and rock.

Regarding the aforementioned monuments, however, perhaps none are stranger than the hundreds of great stone hands, which seem to grasp for help as they drown in the surrounding sand. The true purpose of these hands has, it seems, drowned with them, and modern scholars of the region are left clueless as they ponder the striking—albeit unsettling—image.