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The Geology of Moroni’s Stone Box: Examining the Setting and Resources of Palmyra
TitleThe Geology of Moroni’s Stone Box: Examining the Setting and Resources of Palmyra
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsJordan, Benjamin R., and Warren P. Aston
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume30
Pagination233-252
KeywordsArchaeology; Drumlin; Geology; Moroni (Son of Mormon); NY; Palmyra
Abstract

The story of Joseph Smith retrieving gold plates from a stone box on a hillside in upstate New York and translating them into the foundational text of the Restoration is well known among Latter-day Saints. While countless retellings have examined these events in considerable detail, very few have explored the geological aspects involved in this story. In particular, none have discussed in detail the geological materials that would have been required by the Nephite prophet Moroni ca. ad 421 to construct a sealed container able to protect the gold plates from the elements and from premature discovery for some fourteen centuries. This paper reports the outcomes from a field investigation into what resources would have been available to Moroni in the Palmyra area. It was conducted by the authors in New York state in October 2017.

URLhttps://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-geology-of-moronis-stone-box-examining-the-setting-and-resources-of-palmyra/

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