My Personal Observations:
and events described in the Book of Mormon would undoubtedly leave
considerable evidence, having been allegedly comprised of millions
of individuals and more than 2600 years of almost continuous occupation
in a very confined region.
evidence would comprise everything from ruined cities and villages,
to battlefields, farm lands and burial sites. One should be able
to find, it seems to me, examples of all of the implements of
life: tools, pottery, furnishings, jewelry, weapons, etc. and
they should clearly have the earmarks of 'Semitic' or 'Old World'
The Book of Mormon is said to have been written in 'Reformed Egyptian'.
Writings, engravings and artworks of many kinds should exist displaying
some form of Egyptian, Hebrew or other Semitic writing. Common
sense dictates that the best of these writings, artworks and engravings
would mention and extol the rulers, cities, wars and religion
described in the Book of Mormon.
For You To Consider Responding To:
you seen any reliable archaeological remains of the Nephite, Jaredite,
Lamanite, Zoramite or Gadianton Robber civilizations in Mesoamerica?
Have you seen even a reference to the names of their cultures/kings/civilizations?
it possible that any of the excavated, major city-sites in Mesoamerica,
attributed to the Olmec, Toltec, Mixtec, Aztec or Mayan cultures,
are simply misinterpreted? Could they instead actually be that
of the Nephites, Jaredites, Lamanites, Zoramites or the Gadianton
Robbers? If not ... where are their cities?
Is there any DNA or migratory evidence to suggest/support/prove
that the early people groups occupying Mesoamerica, during this
ancient period, could actually have originated from Semitic nations
- from the ancient middle east?
Has anyone ever seen instances of Egyptian or Hebrew writing in
any of the Mesoamerican excavation sites? On gold or brass or
copper plates, in relief art on temples, palace walls, murals,
burial structures, etc.?
Is there evidence of Pre-Classical, Mesoamerican peoples using
domesticated elephants for labor or military initiatives? Did
these Pre-Columbian cultures also utilize/domesticate horses?
Is there evidence of horse-drawn chariots? Is there evidence of
a thriving silk industry from this ancient time period? What animals
were domesticated in ancient Mesoamerica?
Are there evidences of the importation and cultivation of 'Old
World' foodstuff grains such as Wheat or Barley into Mesoamerica?
Is there evidence of introduced plants that would have clear origins
from Palestine, the Arabian peninsula or Mesopotamia? What about
the cultivation of honey bees during this time frame?
Have you ever heard of these Book of Mormon Kings: Nephi, Omni,
Mosiah, Benjamin and Noah? Where are their palaces and tombs?
Is there any data to demonstrate that religious temples from this
region were designed or ever intended for the worship of the God
of Israel? Was the God of Israel ever the God of the peoples
of ancient Mesoamerica [2200BC - 420AD]?
Did ancient Jews and/or Christians have a thriving civilization
in Mesoamerica at any time between 2200BC - 420AD?