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Archaeology and the Book of Mormon: Thoughts on Sorenson's Basic Paradigm

For decades now, John L. Sorenson's model of Book of Mormon geography, seen above, has been the most influential among Mormon scholars of the Nephite record. Sorenson even goes as far as identifying sites like Chiapa de Corzo and Santa Rosa, with Sidom and Zarahemla, respectively. Was Chiapa de Corzo a Nephite city? It's impossible to know one way or the other. For now, I'll say no. As Mark Wright reminds us, there is a whole lot going on Mesoamerica, much of which still remains a mystery. For the pusposes of this post, the entire history of Chiapa de Corzo, much less the other pre-classic sites in the Central Depression of Chiapas, cannot be given. That being said, it's plausable that the Nephites lived in or around these cities. Why? Because the same basic things are happenening at the same times. In this post, I will show the archeological timeline of Chiapa de Corzo, as shamelessly plaigerized from the NWAF website; then I will show what was happening at around th…

The Gadianton Robbers and Teotihuacan?

Disclaimer: The following does not represent any original thinking of my own nor does it "prove" Joseph Smith Jr. was a Prophet of God. Checkout Brant Gardner's work; it's my main source for this post. 
Mormon8:12 12)And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you.
In Helaman 3, we read the description of a group of people who migrate to a land that:
1)is an "exceedingly great distance" northward of Nephite lands
2)a land of "large bodies of water and many rivers"
3)a place where people are expert in the use of cement.
4)a place that underwent deforestation.
5)a place which had people who hailed from south of the isthmus, Nephites and Ammonites.
6)and whose inhabitants "began to cover the face of the whole earth".
From about 200AD to 600 AD the only area…