Skip to comments.Ancient migration: Coming to America
Posted on 05/02/2012 10:12:27 PM PDT by Theoria
For decades, scientists thought that the Clovis hunters were the first to cross the Arctic to America. They were wrong and now they need a better theory
The mastodon was old, its teeth worn to nubs. It was perfect prey for a band of hunters, wielding spears tipped with needle-sharp points made from bone. Sensing an easy target, they closed in for the kill.
Almost 14,000 years later, there is no way to tell how many hits it took to bring the beast to the ground near the coast of present-day Washington state. But at least one struck home, plunging through hide, fat and flesh to lodge in the mastodon's rib. The hunter who thrust the spear on that long-ago day didn't just bring down the mastodon; he also helped to kill off the reigning theory of how people got to the Americas.
For most of the past 50 years, archaeologists thought they knew how humans arrived in the New World. The story starts around the end of the last ice age, when sea levels were lower and big-game hunters living in eastern Siberia followed their prey across the Bering land bridge and into Alaska. As the ice caps in Canada receded and opened up a path southward, the colonists swept across the vast unpopulated continent. Archaeologists called these presumed pioneers the Clovis culture, after distinctive stone tools that were found at sites near Clovis, New Mexico, in the 1920s and 1930s.
As caches of Clovis tools were uncovered across North America over subsequent decades, nearly all archaeologists signed on to the idea that the Clovis people were the first Americans. Any evidence of humans in the New World before the Clovis time was dismissed, sometimes harshly.
(Excerpt) Read more at nature.com ...
EVERYone knows they FLOATED over from Israel; in boats with holes in the bottom!
And perhaps not. Joseph had, at best, a third grade education. Many of his early followers were noted for being even less academically sophisticated; Sidney Rigdon may have completed one or two years of elementary school and Brigham Young was illiterate.
I have found similar fanciful and silly material in most other cult literature. For example, check out the Koran if you want the rantings of a madman and read some material on Scientology if you want a laugh.
Why have the archeologists HIDDEN all the helmets and shields they've fouind?
The Nephites gather to the land of Cumorah for the final battlesMormon hides the sacred records in the hill CumorahThe Lamanites are victorious, and the Nephite nation is destroyedHundreds of thousands are slain with the sword. About A.D. 385.
1 And now I finish my record concerning the destruction of my people, the Nephites. And it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites.
2 And I, Mormon, wrote an epistle unto the king of the Lamanites, and desired of him that he would grant unto us that we might gather together our people unto the land of Cumorah, by a hill which was called Cumorah, and there we could give them battle.
3 And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired.
4 And it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah, and we did pitch our tents around about the hill Cumorah; and it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains; and here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites.
5 And *when three hundred and eighty and four years had passed away, we had gathered in all the remainder of our people unto the land of Cumorah.
6 And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.
7 And it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their children, did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them; and with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked, did they await to receive them.
8 And it came to pass that they came to battle against us, and every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
9 And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword, and with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax, and with all manner of weapons of war.
10 And it came to pass that my men were hewn down, yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst; and they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life.
11And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.
12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni.
13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.
14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each.
15 And it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.
16 And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:
17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!
18 Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.
19 O ye fair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen!
20 But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return.
21 And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, to be judged according to your works; and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you.
22 O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.
Likewise; the COVERUP of the evidence of Jaredite points lodged into curelom bones?
Oh, thanks for the link on Jaredite ships!
The DNA is a real problem for that whopper.
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So is archeology.
Nor did it have magical light for days rocks...
So? I know Packham is an atheist and an ex-mormon, but this article was written by Kent Ponder, Ph.D. However, I know several atheist archeologists who admit there is a material culture for Israel (we know where Jericho and many other cities are) and even the historical Jesus regardless of how they may view Him.
However, there are NO non-LDS archeologists who give ANY support or even hint that there is any evidence for ANYTHING in the Book of Mormon. It is classified as ‘pseudo-archeology’ - like Aliens and Atlantis.
Atlantean archeology has more credibility in professional circles than Book of Mormon archeology.
If you want to have some fun, go to an AIA conference and ask about Book of Mormon archeology. You will be laughed out of the room. It is like taking EA Wallis Budge seriously.
Perhaps Joseph Smith made the story more and more ridiculous just to see how gullible his followers really were.
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I have heard that theory, however it must be remembered that Smith most likely originally thought of writing the BoM as the ‘next great American novel’, a way of getting rich. Only later revisions became more of a religious book when he found out that he could get followers and REALLY get rich.
He even tried to sell it at one point as a novel.
They crapped in their own caves? Occupiers....even back then....
***check out the Koran if you want the rantings of a madman***
I have and after a verse or two, it and the BOM is like the song HOTEL CALIFORNIA.
“My head grew heavy and my eyes grew dim.
I had to stop for the night”.
***Noah’s ark was not built in the same fashion as the Jeridite ships...***
Well of course it wasn’t! The Jaredite “ships” were built in the Middle East and floated to the Americas.
Noah’s ark was built in Missouri and floated down the Mississippi and landed on the Mountains of Ararat in the Middle east. ;-D
***pseudo-archeology -like Aliens and Atlantis.***
Thank the Ascended Masters I can still trust my books on Le-MU-ria by James Churchward! ;-D
LOL! Obscure reference but funny.
Noahs ark was built in Missouri and floated down the Mississippi and landed on the Mountains of Ararat in the Middle east.
Some of you will have to help me on this, but as I understand it, while the Garden of Eden was in supposedly in Independence, Missouri, didn't Joseph and/or Sidney also teach that Noah built and launched his ark in what is now South Carolina?
It’s a joke and a pretty decent one.
Forgot The Armada that accompanied The Ark.
Tight like a dish, with only one door, a hole in the top and a hole in the bottom.
I think it’s in the book of Ether. Cracked me up when I read it among other things I read.
Yup, young Joe should have confined his fictional B of M to the Spaulding texts, rather than try to add things from his uneducated imagination.
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