Archaeologists Discover Golden Plates Believed to Be Linked to Joseph Smith Jr.


Manchester, NY| A team of archaeologists excavating a drumlin known as  Mormon hill or the Cumorah, in western New York, have discovered a set of gold plates which they believe could be linked to the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith Jr.

The scientists, led by Professor Abraham Jones, are associated with the Brigham Young University’s faculty of archaeology. They were using advanced metal detectors, lasers and other ground-penetrating imaging technology to look for underground structures, when they noticed a small cave-like cavity.

They dug up the entrance, which was buried under a dozen feet of rocks and dirt, and explored the very exiguous cavern. The walls and ceiling were covered with ancient traces of soot, presumably from torches, suggesting the cave had been visited many times in the past. On top of a large flat stone resembling an altar, they found what looks like a book made of metal plates.


The scientists explored the mysterious cavern, but have not been able to recover any other artifact. They have found, however, a few signs of human activity like the ashes of two ancient campfires.

The “book” is made of a set of twelve metal plates, each measuring six inches (15 cm) in width, eight inches (20 cm) in length approximately half an inch (1.27 centimeter) in thickness. The plates are made of a copper-gold alloy, and are held together by three D-shaped rings, forming a sort of book.  The entire volume measures a total of nearly six inches [15 cm] in thickness and weights 59 pounds (26.76 kg).

The plates are covered with mysterious symbols, very similar to the  “reformed Egyptian” characters, written by Joseph Smith Jr. on the document known as the “Anthon Transcript”. Many of the symbols on the plates found by the archaeologists are identical to those drawn by the prophet, in 1928.


LDS scholars have hypothesized that the reformed Egyptian writing could have developed from other modified Egyptian scripts such as hieratic, a priestly shorthand for hieroglyphics.

Joseph Smith Jr. is said to have found similar golden plates on September 22, 1823, in a hill near his home in Manchester, New York. He claimed that an angel named Moroni had directed him to a buried stone box, containing a set of gold plates, covered with strange symbols.

Smith translated the text of the Book of Mormon over the next several years by using a seer stone, which he placed in the bottom of a hat and then placed the hat over his face to view the words written within the stone. He finally published the book in 1830, which was meant to be a complement to the Bible.

This new discovery could be the most important material and historical proof ever found, to back the claims of Joseph Smith Jr. Professor Jones and the scientists from Brigham Young University will now perform an extensive series of tests and analysis to determine if the plates could indeed be linked to the prophet.



14 Comments on "Archaeologists Discover Golden Plates Believed to Be Linked to Joseph Smith Jr."

  1. Wow, they are only announcing they found these plates which they are not sure what they are yet and here come the bandwagon of expert haters already tearing down the findings. I love the ones that send Mormons to Hell. I think wishing evil on your fellowmen can land you there too.

  2. That Egyptian writing just looks like a drunk trying to write down their number. It’s weird. Just my opinion. 🙂

  3. While it may seem promising, given there is, as of today, no archeological evidence of the Book of Mormon’s legitimacy based on historical information found within the scripture, I think the jury is still out. All we know is that some plate, made of gold and copper alloy were found with writing that resembles that of Joseph Smith. Clearly ANYONE could have put those plates there, including Joseph Smith. There is so much more than still needs to happen. First, the plates and the surroundings they were found in, need to be time stamped. Then we need independent review from those not associated and/or affiliated with the LDS religion. Meanwhile, church members can only hope that this indeed, is records of the scripture. A find such as this could help to stave off the mass exodus the church is experiencing now due to other information pertaining to the legitimacy of it’s leaders. It would definitely be a welcomed find!!!

  4. I feel no need, nor do I long for any evidence to proof the Book of Mormon. But this is still an interesting find. It makes only sense to take a metal detector there to the area where Joseph Smith was handed the Golden Plates, the Book of Mormon. The fact this find is of plates made from some copper gold alloy is totally normal in my opinion. I have recorded some of my paintings on cardboard and not on canvas. Same difference. Big deal.

  5. Michael Matusek | August 9, 2015 at 9:13 pm | Reply

    I will wait to voice opinion until tests and analyses are peer reviewed by other universities or archaeological scientists. Before that time everything is speculative, especially since there is no consequence for doubting.

  6. The comment “Gold doesn’t rust. But the material this set of plates are made of is a COPPER/GOLD alloy, and copper DOES oxidize!!

  7. Wouldn’t 2/3 be sealed though?

  8. Jeff Whitaker | July 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm | Reply

    Perhaps we at last learn completely it is us who need to scrub our own ideas based on complete ideas. because it is us the we that are incomplete.

  9. Is moroni the plural of moron?

  10. Wow, lots of haters here. This finding will neither prove or disprove a faith-based religion. These are typically very good people in this religion and they do alot of good in the world. Thank heaven for people who still try to live a standard in this world of declining values.

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