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Linda AldermanFebruary 13, 2018

I am very interested in the Southwestern Native American Cultures. I'd love to see this technology fly over Chaco Canyon Area and the Southern Utah/ Arizona Strip country. Even Northern Arizona on the Navajo Reservatoon with it's ruins.

Todd RichardsonFebruary 12, 2018

Not taking sides here, but those who say there were no buildings of cement in North America are simply wrong ... the pueblos and hogans of the tribes in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado qualify as cement based (add to that the cliff dwellings ...). Further the Hopi's history nearly perfectly fits the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's. There are dozens of tribes (up to 200) that have "legends" of a white god that came and lived with them. Most of those tribes range from central America to southern Canada. The information provided in this article is fascinating, and corroborative of BoM history, though far from dispositive.

K.C.February 12, 2018

Has this technology been used anywhere else? What would it show if applied to different regions in the continental US, especially where native American tribes "originated"?

Rosemary N. PalmerFebruary 9, 2018

Didn't they date it to after 500 AD? That is after the 400 years of peace and probably after the destruction of the Lamanites. I'm not sure why we are going so quickly to it being the Book of Mormon peoples.

LynFebruary 8, 2018

Gautemala/central America is still part of the North American continent. Therefore, imho, it is part of the "promised land".

MattFebruary 8, 2018

The BOM taking place in Central America never quite reconciles with these scriptures: 2 Ne. 22:7-8 and 2 Ne. 10:10-12, where “the Lord will raise up a mighty nation” and “the Lord will proceed to do a marvelous work” (that all started in N. America). Also, “and this land shall be a land of liberty” and “I will fortify this land against all other nations”. And lastly, 1 Ne. 13 talks about the colonizing of N. America when referring to “this land.” Can you think of another nation that these points apply to, other than America (U.S.)? Not trying to be ethnocentristic, just stating the facts. That said, this discovery and technology is truly fascinating!

DaveFebruary 7, 2018

This is not exclusive evidence of the Book of Mormon. It only indicates there was a densly populated and advanced civilization. That in and of it's self is not evidence of the Book of Mormon. Details about that civilization such as root languages, origins and beliefs would constitute evidence for the Book of Mormon.

davea0511February 6, 2018

I had an archeology professor at BYU (Ray Matheney) who said there was little in either mesoamerica, and especially in the midwestern US to convince him the Book of Mormon took place at either place. His belief came from non-archeological sources. I will say that it does however seem rather remarkable when you look at the archeological record, that the sites in mesoamerica that line up the most closely with the Book of Mormon geography that the peak of development there lines up almost exactly with the dates in both the Book of Mormon and the archeology. It was not always thought so, until recent discoveries have pushed back the Mayan civilization to around 500-600BC. Mathematically the likelihood of those lining up so closely (note that the Olmec is so different from Mayan that one should assume everyone from the Olmec died off before Mayan civilization ... hmmmm ,,, People of Ether?), is extremely remote.

Joseph TempleFebruary 6, 2018

where are the Nephites and Lamanites now?

GVFebruary 6, 2018

The hill near Joseph Smith was never called Cumorah by Moroni. The BoM states that Moroni simply took the plates out of Cumorah. It never states that he put them back there. And it is ridiculous to take every word from Joseph or any modern prophet as revelation. Joseph was a human being and speculated like any other man would on Book of Mormon locations. Brigham Young taught that men about discern with the spirit, not blind obedience. Helman 3:7 discusses a group that LEFT the primary Bom lands and went northward where timber was scarce. A group traveling north from the US northeast would find an abundance of timber in Canada. This makes more sense in the Mezoamerican model where northern Mexico was a much more 'desolate' place. There is no narrow neck of land dividing the sea in the heartland model. The Great Lakes are NOT seas. A huge civilisation spanning thousands of years would know the difference between a lake and a sea. And it would not act as a barrier if the enemy could just walk around it. I'm sorry, the heartland model is an absurdly stupid theory.

RebeccaFebruary 6, 2018

Poor Dallas. The rest of you are kind of hard on him. Take it easy. We’re all learning and excited about new discoveries. None of this validates the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost does that.

Gary K. ColemanFebruary 5, 2018

Dallas, perhaps you haven't read Helaman 3:7 And there being but little timber upon the face of the land, nevertheless the people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement; therefore they did build houses of cement, in the which they did dwell. Cement from BoM times has been found in Central America. None has been found in North America.

SamoanFebruary 5, 2018

Where is the New Jerusalem to be built, promised land? not in mesoamerica. Ether taught it was in America the same America he witnessed the slaughter of Coriantumns people. The same America that is mentioned in D&C, Missouri.

Kyler RasmussenFebruary 5, 2018

Hey Dallas! Alma 48:8! Happy reading!

JuaronFebruary 5, 2018

What about cement? (Helaman 3:7,9,11) Is that found in the northern ruins?

Gary K. ColemanFebruary 5, 2018

Dallas, perhaps you have forgotten about them building houses of cement. Helaman 3:7 And there being but little timber upon the face of the land, nevertheless the people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement; therefore they did build houses of cement, in the which they did dwell. No buildings of cement have been found in North America, but many have been found in Central America.

Rob WatsonFebruary 5, 2018

The North American location never made sense to me simply due to the fact that snow and cold are never mentioned. It's year-round activity in the BoM stories without any mention of cessation of war and harvest due to cold/frosty/snowy weather. Also, the narrow neck of land is completely absent...unless we're talking about Florida...and I can't even cross Florida in a day and a half on my bike.

Gary K. ColemanFebruary 5, 2018

Helaman 3:7- And there being but little timber upon the face of the land, nevertheless the people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement; therefore they did build houses of cement, in the which they did dwell. Cement has been found in Mesoamerica, but none has been found in North America. Many cities and great cities are reported by the Nephite record between 1500 BC and AD 400. Not a single such city has been documented in North America in that period. Many major public buildings, many of them of a religious nature, are referred to in the scripture as characteristic of their settlements. In the Book of Mormon period there is no evidence of any such structures in North America. Mounds are neither buildings nor cities. The battle of Alma's Nephite army on the riverbank has them wade across the river Sidon. The idea of wading across the Mississippi is obviously absurd. Had the Hill Cumorah in New York been the site of the final battle, the 230,000 Nephite dead, plus the 500,000 Lamanite dead, would have left behind over half a million weapons. Remains on any such scale would have been obvious to archaeologists, both professional and amateur. No such weapons (not even arrow heads) of the right period have been found near that place or any other place in North America. Until someone can find the cities, buildings, and weapons described in the Book of Mormon any where in North America, I will follow the physical evidence found in Central America.

Cynthia DeckerFebruary 5, 2018

Dallas, your slip is showing. You didn't read all the links did you?

Dallas D EricksonFebruary 5, 2018

This new information is very interesting but I don't believe the Book of Mormon story happened there and the Church doesn't even take a stand on it. When someone reveals to me information in the Book of Mormon that indicates they built in the way these people in the South built then I will believe that it "proves the Book of Mormon". The Book of Mormon indicates they built with wood and earth and the many "mound" settlements in the North East are consistent with what the Book of Mormon says. No where do you find them building with stone. It certainly is an interesting find but probably has nothing directly to do with the Book of Mormon.

Ann-Marie JensenFebruary 5, 2018

Thanks for covering this fascinating technology and discovery!

MickFebruary 5, 2018

The Nephite land as detailed in the Book of Mormon was in North America. There were peoples who lived in the South also but the land of promise, future City of Zion, Temple etc will be in the North as stated by Joseph Smith and many of the other latter-day prophets. When on Zion's camp march Joesph Smith identified Nephite places and bones of this once great civilisation. The final Jaredite battles were in the vicinity of Hill Cumorah. The records of both the Nephites and jaredites are in the Hill Cumorah. I think in due time we will know who the peoples were who inhabited the south but at the moment it is only conjecture.

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