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.
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