Archaeology and the Book of Mormon - WikipediaThis is the second of two articles pointing out how developments in scholarship and science in the past half-century have produced information that seems to support and may actually help clarify the Book of Mormon. During the same period, increasingly careful study of the Book of Mormon by Latter-day Saints has placed it in new light as an ancient American document. In this article we will consider another major area of ancient American life and several smaller topics which illustrate this convergence. The prevailing opinion among the few experts around about the development of writing in the New World is summarized by Dr. Sylvanus G. They are in no sense records of personal glorification and self-laudation like the inscriptions of Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia.
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View the original article at the Book of Mormon Resources blog. On February 1, , National Geographic broke a story about some incredible new discoveries in Mesoamerican archaeology using new technology. It mapped 10 tracts totaling 2, square kilometers in the Mirador Basin and other areas of northern Guatemala. The surveyed area is less than half the size of Utah County. According to Parley P. Pratt, early critics dismissed the Book of Mormon, saying, "there were no antiquities in America, no ruined cities, buildings, monuments, inscriptions, mounds, or fortifications, to show the existence of such a people as the Book of Mormon described. Based on this new evidence from the Maya lowlands, these grandiose descriptions are not so far-fetched after all.
Have you ever heard of the Nephites or Lamanites? If you are a Mormon, you have. If you are not a Mormon, you probably know them by their real name, the Maya. Here is the story of how the names became linked:. Although the pair found the ruins covered in vines and trees, they also discovered signs of recent rituals and offerings left behind by the Maya in one of the buildings. Engravings of drawings made by Catherwood at Tulum were included in the book.
Since the publication of the Book of Mormon in , Mormon archaeologists have attempted to find archaeological evidence to support it. Although historians and archaeologists consider the book to be an anachronistic invention of Joseph Smith , many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church and other denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement believe that it describes ancient historical events in the Americas. The Book of Mormon describes God's dealings with three civilizations in the Americas over the course of several hundred years. The book primarily deals with the Nephites and the Lamanites , who - it states - existed in the Americas from about BC to about AD It also deals with the rise and fall of the Jaredite nation , which the Book of Mormon says came from the Old World shortly after the confounding of the languages at the Tower of Babel.
For example, the following statement is made in The Ancient Maya:. The early inhabitants of the Pacific coast established some of the first settled communities in the Maya area. Archaeological evidence from this region demonstrates that these people, the precocious and innovative southern Maya, provided an important foundation for what was to become Maya civilization.
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