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TitleAncient Writing in the Americas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1972
AuthorsCheesman, Paul R.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsAncient America; Mesoamerica; Writing System

After approximately 140 years, public and scholarly opinion are finally beginning to concede the possibility that writing did indeed exist among the ancient Americans. While I have been waiting for this shift to occur among those who don’t have the Mormons’ axe to grind, I have been collecting every available evidence to support my belief in the existence of such writing. My own findings and the findings of others not only establish the fact that writing did exist in ancient America, but they also indicate that metal plates were frequently used as a medium for this writing and that the writings themselves often denote Old World, specifically Hebrew, origins.