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.

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

  1. dum dum dum dum dum

  2. It is said that the Mayan word Ootie translates to “it came to pass” which is only used to describe before a date or after a certain date. Joseph Smith apparently didn’t know this and liked to use the phrase to start verse’s that didn’t have to do with before or after a given date. I always wondered why that was said so much. Joseph Smith uses that Phrase and it doesn’t make any sense.. I’m not sure if Ootie is how it’s spelled, anyone else’s know of this?

  3. I’m no Mormon scholar, but I am guessing supernatural beings could manage to inscribe their Holy writings onto thinner gold tablets than 1/2″

  4. They must be a fraud. Revelation 22:18 (written circa 96 A.D.) tells us that if ‘anyone adds to these words’ (i.e. the Bible) they will be cursed by God. So Mormonism is in the same league as Islam – adding and removing words of the Bible and therefore proving that the angelic revelations given to them ‘claiming to be from God’ are nothing more than demon activity.

  5. Here come the teenage door knockers in their dark pants, white shirts dark ties and nametags that say they are ‘elders’! (How can anyone so you be classified as an elder? What do they called the guys of the religion after age 30, deceased???

    • FYI
      The title “ELDER” is their office in GOD HOLY PRISTHOOD. It has nothing to do with the person’s age.
      This priesthood having been restored on earth gives worthy priesthood holders the authority to perform God’s work here on earth.

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