The hill Cumorah continues to yield ancient artifacts.

Just this week a friend from Nauvoo, IL Daniel Lawson was exploring the hill Cumorah with his family when they came across a tree that had been recently uprooted probably from wind.

Under the root ball Daniel found a large point laying out in the open. After some analysis and comparison to the style and size of other documented points found in the region next to carbon dated material it is estimated to be 3,000 years old putting it right in the timeline with the Jaredite people. This is the only Jaredite point I know of being found on or near the hill Cumorah or as the Jaredites called it the hill Ramah.

11 And it came to pass that the army of Coriantumr did pitch their tents by the hill Ramah; and it was that same hill where my father Mormon did hide up the records unto the Lord, which were sacred.

Ether 15:11

It is likely an atlatl point. An atlatl is a spear that is thrown using a throwing stick. This was the favorite weapon of the Lamanites. However the Adena people commonly associated with the Jaredites we’re a very large people. The skeletons found in North America from this time line yield bones of people 7-9 ft tall. Given the large size of some of the Jaredites, a spear to the Nephites might just be a simple arrow to the Jaredites. But until more is found on the Jeredites we’ll call this an atlatl point.

This is an especially exciting find because there are fewer known artifacts from the Jaredites or as academia calls them the “Adena” people, in comparison with the Nephites or “Hopewell”.

The Jaredites arrived in North America about 2300 B.C. and flourished until being wiped out after the last great battle that happened near the hill Cumorah. This atlatll point may be from that last battle of the once great Jaredite people, a story more dramatic than anything Hollywood could conjure. And especially tragic since it documents the fall of that great nation of ancient America. A cautionary tale about how pride and anger, if go unchecked, can lead to the loss of everything.

Daniel Lawson will have the atlatl point on display along with other Nephite artifacts at a new museum opening this spring in Nauvoo, IL.

Link to: Ether 15:11

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Mound City, Ohio – A possible Nephite city conquered by the Lamanites

 Mound City national historic site outside Chillicothe, OH
Photos and article by Ryan Fisher

Most people have been to a national park or civil war battlefield complete with all the amenities a tourist desires. Now imagine a national park called, “Nephite city national park and historic battlefield.” This park includes a visitor center, museum with Nephite and Lamanite artifacts, weapons, friendly park rangers along with clean bathrooms and a gift shop. That’s just what you get at Mound City national historic site outside Chillicothe, OH…. everything but the name. Mound City is a small federal park. Most visitors on the rural highway probably don’t even notice it and if they do they probably pass it off as golf course. But these well manicured grounds hold ancient secrets.

The park is a large enclosure of berms and burial mounds covering 15 acres. This site is just one of five separate sites in Ross County, Ohio which make up Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

I toured the site with Wayne May, publisher of Ancient American magazine, who has an interesting theory on the large burial mounds in the center of the once walled enclosure. First off, we know this was a defensive enclosure because the square shaped outer wall. Years of agriculture have plowed down the burms but enough still remains to see where the wall once stood. One of the park rangers commented that it is strange that the mound builders would wall off a high point away from the flats. Wayne explained that it’s quite simple, that high point would offer an easy vantage point to attack the city and so it was defended.

Wayne May with a tour group.

Further evidence that this was a defensive structure is the borrow pits or ditches found on the outside of the wall. In almost all cases from the Book of Mormon, the Nephites we’re the only ones building defensive structures. Thus, this was likely a Nephite city.

An arial view of the city looking east.

As to the builders of the mounds within the city walls….Wayne’s theory is that they we’re built by triumphant Lamanites. The “Hopewell” or “Nephite” people we’re a very advanced civilization that used math and geometry in laying out their cities as evidence by other geometric enclosures. But these burial mounds we’re scattered within the city walls at random. The mounds we’re not built by Nephites but rather Lamanites who conquered the city and made these memorials to their fallen comrades. Further evidence of this is found in the mounds themselves. The burials contain many precious artifacts suggesting a non-christian burial. Christians today believe that you can’t take it with you. Christians of the Nephites likely believed the same thing. Thus, no artifacts with the burials= Nephite. Artifacts with burials= Lamanites

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Evidence that a large cremation structure was erected near the large mound is evident from post hole molds found here and marked in the above picutures. Again these we’re haphazardly thrown up likely by the Lamanites as a temporary structure to cremate their dead. The large mound in the background has some skeletons but is mostly cremated ashes. Considering the scale of the large mound, it is possible that thousands of Lamanites died in taking this city. The archeological dates of this city are 200 B.C. to 500 A.D. putting it right in the timeline of the last great battle of the Nephites and Lamanites.

Most but not all of these mounds at Mound City contain artifacts and were thrown up seemingly at random strongly suggesting most mounds were Lamanite burials in a conquered Nephite city. Which city was this? We’re working on that……stay tuned.