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.

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

  1. Have the metal tested by an unbiased third party and I bet it will be metal produced in the 1800s just like the Kinderhook plates. Probably made by JS or a friend as a contingency plan to convince those who were skeptical of the con job.

    • THANK YOU. So glad somebody said it!

    • Which explains why Joseph Smith buried it deep so nobody would find it until long after his death. If he was a con man trying to take people in, this would have been on display when the Book Of Mormon came off the press in 1830.

      My own skeptical mind tells me this is a forgery put there recently by critics of Mormonism who knew when it was found it would be proven to be a fraud. That way people would conclude that Mormonism and Joseph Smith are a fraud.

    • What bothers me the most is the fact that y’all have nothing better to do than to sit here and talk about the fraud you think has been committed by the founder of the LDS church as well as its members. Go bag on something else?? Or does religious freedom not mean anything to any of you?

    • Right?!?!

    • Blake Isaacs | May 17, 2015 at 11:21 pm |

      Excellent point. If church officials want any hope of using this find in constructive public relations then it should be obvious to them that they must have these plates examined by any university other than BYU.

      Not doing so risks further diminishing the already very weak reputation of BYU’s archaeology department. Academic self interest. It smells a bit desperate.

  2. They seem to have found the only gold in the world that rusts! Amazing!

    • And people who can read articals without reading…crazy!

    • It says it was a copper-alloy.. goodness..

    • You’ve been slapped down with Logic!!! Try Reading the post next time!!!

    • It says a copper gold alloy. Which would not oxidize the same way as iron. That shows tell tale iron rust. If it were a copper gold alloy the oxidation would be greenish blue ie copper oxidation. Just saying for whoever jumped on the it a alloy train.

    • If you knew anything about gold you would know that it is mixed with other metals to help it maintain its shape. Old gold coins and even newer ones have things called copper spots that look like rust.

    • cheri Munden | July 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm |

      You’re all correct if you think you are. Prayer is the only way to find out. So who’s willing to put that to the test.

    • Copper Gold alloy. Copper tarnishes, Gold does not. Alloy is a combination of metals. The final metal test will be more revealing. Cool find.

  3. Colin Taylor | April 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm | Reply

    This is an amazing find. What is even more amazing is the contrived, puerile and bovine scutological scum pottle that masquerades as the foundation for a religious ideology. Just saying.

  4. Simo Takarautio | April 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm | Reply

    Moroni, who appear to Joseph Smith Jr. in 1823 after Christ and later, was not a Mormon’s son Moroni but the Moroni who was the leader of nefi’s people in 74 before Christ.

    • Mike Shelton | April 27, 2015 at 11:49 am |

      I are incorrect. The Moroni that appeared to Joseph Smith was Moroni, son of Mormon, whom was the last individual to write in the records that are now considered the “Book of Mormon” and was the same person that buried said record in Cumorah.

    • Henry F Krizanovic | April 29, 2015 at 12:40 am |

      NO , the name Mormon was given to the people that followed his writings. Two people visited Josef Smith Jesus Christ and His Father.

    • Also unexplained… why Moroni.. who took the plates back with him.. just left them in the ground. Didn’t he take them back to Kolob?

    • No! Kolob is the name of a star of large sun, so obviously no one lives there, and there was rumour they were hidden within a drumlin. So this all makes sense.

    • Uh. Mormon was a prophet in the Book of Mormon.

    • Yes, there was a Moroni who was chief Captain of the Nephite armies, but this Moroni was the last prophet who was the one who berried them for JS to find them.

    • Gaby, you said “Also unexplained… why Moroni.. who took the plates back with him.. just left them in the ground”. Well, he did take the golden plates, we don’t have them. THESE are not the same plates that Book of Mormon was translated from. haha. Mormon and Moroni had a loooooot of plates: brass, golden, etc. They then engraved the most important things from them onto the golden plates which is now the Book of Mormon. ?

  5. OMG! That’s just amazing!

    • “The scientists, led by Professor Abraham Jones, are associated with the Brigham Young University’s faculty of archaeology.”

      That explains EVERYTHING.

    • No it’s explaining nothing, except the facts.

    • How does that explain anything?

    • That just goes to show you can put proof under their noses and they will still ignore it and explain it off.

    • It brings a big question as to the independence of the scientist involved. It can be overcome through the peer review process.

    • robchilla1 | June 18, 2015 at 5:35 am |

      Gold doesn’t rust.

    • But copper does corrode along with metals like iron that would have been used to make the gold stronger.

    • I am not Mormon, but I have an appreciation for Mormons. They help the needy and try to reach out to the world with God’s message. I don’t agree with everything they say but they are very good people. Unless you are well acquainted with a Mormon personally you should not judge. Much respect.

    • These should be carefully examined by experts. I’d like to know if, in fact, the material is gold. A myriad of scientific tests need to be conducted, and further excavations must be undertaken. There could be more of these books as well as other mysterious findings.

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