If you watched conference you would have likely seen the new video hosted by Elder D. Todd Christofferson and featuring several other Apostles which depicted Christ’s visit to the Nephites. But where was the setting depicting grassy covered mounds with wood structures on top?
ABOVE: LDS VIDEO IMAGE COURTESY THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS
Where is this? For those who’ve been following the Nephite Explorer project, you’ll reconize this setting was based on artists depictions of the Mound Builders or Hopewell and Adena and Mississippian civilizations of North America.
ABOVE PHOTO: CAHOKIA MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE MURAL, OUTSIDE ST. LOUIS MO. Photo: Ryan Fisher
While it should be noted that the Mississippian culture flourished beginning in 800 AD, the Hopewell culture was also building similar structures between 500 BC and 400 AD in this area and throughout the mid-west from the Appalachian mountains in the east to the Rockey mountains in the west.
The dates and archeology of the Hopewell run tight parallels to that of the Nephites of the same time period and the Adena culture runs similar parellels to the Jaredites. For more information on these cultures and other archeology of North America and Book of Mormon parallels check out “Nephite Explorer Season One” which has “Search for the Nephite Lands” television series. For even better information on all of this read “The Book Of Mormon”
ABOVE: Cahokia mounds today Photo: Ryan Fisher
Above Cahokia museum Photo: Ryan Fisher