Saturday, September 30, 2023

Tenochtitlan: A reconstruction of the great Aztec city

A frequent criticism of the Book of Mormon is that the people, culture, population size, and advancements of the people it describes couldn't possibly be real. Its historicity is regularly challenged along the lines of the biases that modern people have about ancient people and claims that so-called "primitive people" wouldn't have been able to achieve what the Jaredites, Nephites, and Lamanites achieved. 

This modern digital reconstruction of the great city of Tenochtitlan (now modern-day Mexico City) is a full-throated rebuttal of such presentist and, frankly, bigoted thinking. It's truly amazing what we haven't been aware of simply because of the biased rhetoric about ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

Monday, July 31, 2023

More Mayan Structures Revealed by LiDAR Scans

More evidence that not everything is known about the size of the ancient Mesoamerican civilization known as the Mayans. 

Laser Scans Reveal 60,000 Hidden Maya Structures in Guatemala - Houses, fortifications, pyramids and causeways were among the discoveries

Pre-Columbian Amazonian earthworks, geoglyphs, and signs of a massive civilization

Here is a collection of headlines and links about pre-Columbian earthworks found in the Amazon region of South America showing signs of an enormous civilization that was much more advanced than was previously understood.

Metal Plates and The Words of Gad the Seer


One aspect of the story of ancient texts among the Jews at Cochin, India, is the issue of writing on metal plates. The Jews at Cochin were said to have kept their ancient history on copper or brass plates, consistent with traditions of using copper plates in India for important legal documents going back at least to the third century bc.22 A hint about scriptures written on metal comes from one source who visited the Cochin colony several times early in the 1700s, Captain Alexander Hamilton23 (a British sailor, not the US statesman). In his A New Account of the East Indies, he stated that they had kept their history recorded on copper plates stored in a synagogue.24 He reports:

They [the Jews in Cochin, India] have a Synagogue at Couchin, not far from the King’s Palace, about two Miles from the City, in which are carefully kept their Records, engraven in Copper-plates in Hebrew characters; and when any of the Characters decay, they are new cut, so that they can shew their own History from the Reign of Nebuchadnezzar to this present Time …

They declare themselves to be of the Tribe of Manasseh.25