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.

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

  1. Jeff Osborne | May 6, 2015 at 1:44 am | Reply

    OK…on what basis do you make your conclusion? Have you had an opportunity to look at the evidence close up. Are you an archeologist by trade with deep insight into the discovery of either the codices you mention or the one mentioned in the article? I’m willing to listen, but you have to present some actual data rather than making claims and asking others to do the research.

  2. The lds religion is a cult made up by a pervert who wanted to marry a bunch of 14 yr old girls.

  3. You know what this means….. we get the book of Lehi back 🙂 🙂

    • Jeff Osborne | May 6, 2015 at 1:40 am |

      At present what is needed is a peer review of the evidence. Any speculation of what it is does neither side in the argument any good. However, having witnessed firsthand how anti-Mormons operate they will not accept any form of evidence to support the Book of Mormon, etc. regardless of how profound the discovery might be. The pat answer will always be that “Joe Smith” somehow tricked us (even if it were an angel – ala Nephi and his brothers).

  4. Jay Rogers | May 5, 2015 at 1:05 am | Reply

    Just some quick clarification. Gold does and can rust. The delonigah geaorgia mint gold mine that financed the confederate army went to rust when it was filled with mineral heavy mud and water to keep the union from getting it. If you make an arguement at least make an intelligent one.

    • Jeff Osborne | May 6, 2015 at 1:46 am |

      Very good…and adding some actual supporting data would help at least get us to some middle ground that we can then examine together. Well said!

  5. I find it interesting Joseph Smith had those reformed egyptian symbols and they weren’t all copied from these plates. If they were fraud. fyi

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