UPDATED Plus Part Two: Evaluating Book of Mormon Ancestry Resident Locations Over Time, Using Iron Ore Deposits in North America and South America.

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UPDATED Plus Part Two: Evaluating Book of Mormon Ancestry Resident Locations Over Time, Using Iron Ore Deposits in North America and South America.

[Research Note: This is a preliminary professional genealogical specialist research report concerning the findings of where the Book of Mormon people lived in Ancient Times. It is based upon the Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which at one time also included the Lectures on Faith, by the first President, Prophet, Seer, Revelator, and Translator, Joseph Smith, Jr..]

Joseph Smith, Jr. Translation of the Bible was accomplished, using "a copy of the King James Bible as the starting point for his translation, dictating inspired changes and additions to scribes who recorded them first on paper and later as notes in the margins of the Bible itself." The reason for pointing this out first, is to establish the authenticity of ancient Biblical Text as being written within the time frame and period of the actors presented in the written record itself.
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/joseph-smith-translation-of-the-bible?lang=eng
The Ages of the Patriarchs in the Joseph Smith Translation . . .
[Whatever the reason may have been for using OT2 for the recording of the continuing translation, the evidence gives us every reason to believe that the Prophet intended the corrections in the Patriarchs’ ages on OT1 to be part of his Bible translation and assumed that they would ultimately appear in print.

We present the fourteen changes here. In the following transcriptions, strikeouts represent text that was lined out (for example, after), and angle brackets show text that was inserted, usually directly above the text it replaces (for example, <870>). References to both Genesis and the Book of Moses are included for convenience.]
Genesis 5:4; Moses 6:11: the days after of Adam after he had begotten Seth were 800 <870> years[5]
Genesis 5:5; Moses 6:12: & all the days that Adam lived were 930 <1000> years[6] {Added reference: An early Latter-day Saint source may reflect Joseph Smith’s teaching on the age of Adam. Edward Stevenson (1820–97), an early Church member, pioneer, and member of the First Council of the Seventy, wrote the following in his autobiography in the context of a sermon by Joseph Smith about Adam and his priesthood. Adam “was within 6 month of 1000 years old, which is one day with the Lord’s time thus fulfilling the Lords decree in the day thou eatest of the fruit of that tree thou shalt shurely die and he did 6 months before the day was out.”[28] In the context of the Saints’ 1839 expulsion from Missouri, Stevenson wrote: “Father Adam began his work and finished what was to be done in his time liveing to be 1000 years old with the exception of about 6 months. Truely the bible gives Mathuselaw the credit of being the oldest but the Prophet Joseph had it revealed to him otherwise, it is only an error of Man in translating the record.”[29]}
Genesis 5:7; Moses 6:14: & all the days of Seth were a lived after he begat Enos & 807 <876> <years>[7]
Genesis 5:8; Moses 6:16: & all the days of seth were 912 <981> years[8]
Genesis 5:9; Moses 6:17: called after his own Son whom he had named Cainan <whom he begat when he was 90 years old.>[9]
Genesis 5:10; Moses 6:18: & Enos lived after he begat his son Cainan 815 <850> years[10]
Genesis 5:11; Moses 6:18: & all the days of Enos were 905 <940> years[11]
Genesis 5:12; Moses 6:19: And Cainan lived 70 <117> years and begat Mahalaleel[12]
Genesis 5:14; Moses 6:19: And Ca<al>l the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten <fifty seven> <957> years[13]
Genesis 5:15; Moses 6:20: and Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years <115> and begat Jared[14]
Genesis 5:17; Moses 6:20: and all the days of Mahalaleel were 895 <945>[15]
Genesis 5:23; Moses 8:1: <And <all> the days of Enoch were 4 430 years.>[16]
Genesis 5:25; Moses 8:5: Mathusalah lived an hundred eighty and seven years <218 years> and begat Lamach[17]
Genesis 5:27; Moses 8:7: and all the days of Mathusalah were nine Hundred Sixty and nine years <1000>[18]
https://rsc.byu.edu/witness-restoration/ages-patriarchs-joseph-smith-translation
Joseph Smith Translating Genesis
https://www.jstor.org/stable/26573487?seq=1
The Case for the Septuagint’s Chronology in Genesis 5 and 11 . . . [ABSTRACT Many biblical scholars who interpret the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 as yielding a continuous chronology from Adam to Abraham claim the Hebrew Masoretic Text (MT) preserves the original begetting ages for the patriarchs. The MT’s total for this period is 2008 years. The Samaritan Pentateuch (SP) presents markedly different chronological data for each epoch, for a grand total of 2249 years. Calculations derived from the primary manuscripts (MSS) of the Greek Septuagint (LXX) yield a chronology of 3394 years for this period, 1386 years greater than the MT. The MT is classically represented by the Ussher chronology, which places creation at 4004 BC and the Flood at 2348 BC. Figures from the LXX place creation at ca. 5554 BC and the Flood at ca. 3298 BC (Table 1; Appendix, n. 1).]
https://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=icc_proceedings

[The Bible references minerals and metals more than 1,700 times, using such familiar phrases as “fire and brimstone,” “pieces of silver,” “copper from the rock,” “salt of the Earth,” and “jars of clay.” It is interesting to consider these minerals and metals not in their scriptural contexts, but from the perspectives of history, geology, and biblical archaeology.] A careful reading of the Biblical text itself, suggests that primary interest in minerals and metals was evident from the time of Adam and Eve, and the Garden of Eden.
https://www.rockngem.com/minerals-metals-of-the-bible-part-i/

[Yet relative to the locale of the site of the Garden of Eden, the Prophet Joseph Smith learned through revelation (D&C 57) that Jackson County was the location of a Zion to be and the New Jerusalem to come. Brigham Young stated, “Joseph the Prophet told me that the garden of Eden was in Jackson [County] Missouri.” (Journal of Wilford Woodruff, vol. 5, 15 Mar. 1857, Archives Division, Church Historical Dept., Salt Lake City.) Heber C. Kimball said: “From the Lord, Joseph learned that Adam had dwelt on the land of America, and that the Garden of Eden was located where Jackson County now is.” (Andrew Jenson, Historical Record, 9 vols., Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson, 1888, 7:439; see also Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967, p. 219.) Other early leaders have given the same information.]
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1994/01/i-have-a-question/what-do-we-know-about-the-location-of-the-garden-of-eden?lang=eng

10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%202&version=KJV
[Research Note: The location of the the Garden of Eden provides critical proof to the mention of various domesticated and wild animals in the Book of Mormon. The word of the Lord declares that Adam was ‘the first man of all men’ (Moses 1:34), and we are therefore in duty bound to regard him as the primal parent of our race” (“The Origin of Man,” Improvement Era, Nov. 1909, 80). Additionally, President Joseph Fielding Smith taught: “Marriage as established in the beginning was an eternal covenant. The first man and the first woman were not married until death should part them, for at that time death had not come into the world. The ceremony on that occasion was performed by the Eternal Father himself whose work endures forever. However, prior to this Eternal Marriage, Moses 3:19–20, Pearl of Great Price, Adam named all the animals, which was a Patriarchal Priesthood function authority given to him by God; namely: 19 And out of the ground I, the Lord God, formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and commanded that they should come unto Adam, to see what he would call them; and they were also living souls; for I, God, breathed into them the breath of life, and commanded that whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that should be the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but as for Adam, there was not found an help meet for him. Since therefore, as noted by President Heber C. Kimball (1801–68) of the First Presidency (who) said: “The spot chosen for the garden of Eden was Jackson County, in the State of Missouri, where [the city of] Independence now stands; it was occupied in the morn of creation by Adam” (“Discourse,” Deseret News, Aug. 5, 1863, 33); it must follow, by common logic, that ALL animals mentioned in the Book of Mormon, such as the elephant, were residing in the area of the undivided earth; contiguous to what is now defined as the North American Continent, with united land mass connections to all other continental divisions formed after the days of Peleg. And, the corrected dates and ages of the Ancient Patriarchs, presented in the original records by the Prophet and Seer Joseph Smith, Jr., validates extended ages for mankind, prior to the universal flood during the days of Noah; indicating changes over time in radioactive decay of the elements, and thus affecting all living, including the earth itself. There are no anachronisms in the Book of Mormon; only external, false perceptions created in faithless, pseudo-scientific theories, incompatible with the logical processes of the scientific method.]
Adam
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bd/adam?lang=eng
Moses 3:1-25
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/the-pearl-of-great-price-student-manual-2018/the-book-of-moses/moses-3-1-25?lang=eng

Going to the Book of Mormon, the most ancient text is a Jaredite record called The Book of Ether. "Moroni abridged this book from 24 gold plates called the plates of Ether." He notes specifically, that: "And as I suppose that the first part of this record, which speaks concerning the creation of the world, and also of Adam, and an account from that time even to the great tower, and whatsoever things transpired among the children of men until that time, is had among the Jews— Therefore I do not write those things which transpired from the days of Adam until that time; but they are had upon the plates; and whoso findeth them, the same will have power that he may get the full account."
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/book-of-mormon-seminary-teacher-manual-2017/introduction-to-the-book-of-ether?lang=eng

Furthermore, we are informed, that: "And it came to pass that the brother of Jared, (now the number of the vessels which had been prepared was eight) went forth unto the mount, which they called the mount Shelem, because of its exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small stones; and they were white and clear, even as transparent glass; and he did carry them in his hands upon the top of the mount, . . .". [Research Note: The record states these 16 small stones were molten out of a rock.] For comparison: [Believe it or not, glass is made from liquid sand. You can make glass by heating ordinary sand (which is mostly made of silicon dioxide) until it melts and turns into a liquid. You won't find that happening on your local beach: sand melts at the incredibly high temperature of 1700°C (3090°F). ]
https://www.explainthatstuff.com/glass.html

These records, by themselves, suggest written accepted evidence of high-temperature melting, including the mention of transparent glass (Ether 2:23 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.), steel and iron (As previously mentioned in KJV of Genesis 4:22, wherein "And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah."). Iron-formations and iron ore deposits are found in both continents: North America and South America. However, Ether 1:1, of the Book of Mormon, states: "And now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country." The last location of the said Moroni was connected to the Hill Cumorah, as the "golden plates containing the Book of Mormon were buried in the Hill Cumorah, about three miles southeast of the Smith family farm", related geographically to Manchester, New York (near Palmyra).
https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/historic-sites/new-york/manchester/hill-cumorah?lang=eng

"Mining of iron ore began in the American Colonies about 1619, and for 225 years it was limited to eastern United States where fuel and markets were readily available. Production of iron ore from the Lake Superior region began in 1846; the region became the leading domestic source by 1890, and the Mesabi range in Minnesota has been the world's most productive area since 1896."
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/b1082C
Most of Canada's iron ore comes from the Labrador Trough region, along the border between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, and from Nunavut.
https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/science-data/science-research/earth-sciences/earth-sciences-resources/earth-sciences-federal-programs/iron-ore-facts/20517
Therefore, it appears that the Lake Superior region is the closest area for production of steel and iron, during the period of the Jaredite nation, extending down through the narrow neck of land, into the Continent of South America; a national hunting preserve. Additionally, [We also read that Moroni did not record the “hundredth part” of the Jaredite history as written by Ether (Ether 15:33). . . . the unabridged book of Ether would render more than 2,300 pages of English translation. This amount of text from only 24 plates] suggests the highest form of intelligent scribal shorthand; that the prophet Ether was highly skilled in engravings on metal; an artistic accomplishment that was handed down over generations of time, from the founding of the nation on the American Continent.
https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol11/iss1/10/
https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1344&context=jbms

As far as South America is concerned, Brazil hosts five of the world’s biggest iron ore mines. It should be remembered, that after the coming of the resurrected Jesus Christ to the descendants of the House of Lehi, the records of Mahonri Moriancumer, or the Brother of Jared, were readily available, which includes the history of the world, from the beginning to the very end of time, with all useful technologies, methodologies, and related scientific knowledge and applications universally applied thereto, among all of the children of Adam and Eve. Ether 7:9, 2 Nephi 5:15, Jarom 1:8, mention steel in the Book of Mormon, among Jaredites and Nephites. Iron is also mentioned among Jaredites and Nephites, in Ether 10:23, 2 Nephi 5:15, Jarom 1:8, and Mosiah 7:3, 8. A false statement is made in the article: "Experts baffled by the discovery of hundreds of mysterious tunnels in Brazil" It incorrectly states, that: [Certainly, these tunnels were not created by the natives of Brazil. “The Indians who lived in Brazil before the arrival of the Europeans did not know about the existence of iron and therefore had no tools to dig through the hard rocks in which these tunnels are dug,” explains National Geographic.] The article, biased against the ancestral intelligence and prior capabilities of a fallen people, is mostly important for geographical purposes. It notes: [Curiously, there are hundreds of these tunnels all over Brazil, . . . has confirmed the discovery of a large complex of 600-meter-long tunnels in the state of Rondonia. . . . “in neighboring countries such as Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia we have detected a few caves . . . In Argentina, there are many of them, mainly in the cliffs of the Atlantic coast, in Mar del Plata.”. . . over 2,000 burrows have been found]. These findings suggest a South American location for the City of Zarahemla.
https://www.mining-technology.com/features/featurethe-worlds-11-biggest-iron-ore-mines-4180663/
https://www.ancient-code.com/experts-baffled-discovery-hundreds-mysterious-tunnels-brazil/
http://www.academic-genealogy.com/archives.htm#Community
http://archive.is/dpedr
Archaeologist 'strikes gold' with finds of ancient Nasca iron ore mine in Peru. [Research Note: The Nasca civilization, which existed from A.D. 1 to A.D. 750, would have been included in the total conversion of the native populations after the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, by the Three Nephite Disciples and other missionaries.]
https://www.purdue.edu/uns/x/2008a/080129VaughnMine.html https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/gs/three-nephite-disciples?lang=eng

[Research Note On Bias: White Light is a combination of all colors in the color spectrum. It has all the colors of the rainbow. The specific order arrangement is the only issue at hand. Visible light is only a tiny part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Being a white person is a whole representation of all ethnic groups. Jesus Christ and His Father appeared to Joseph Smith, Jr., radiating a pure white light transcending the glory of the Sun. We need to be one with Them in discipleship. Nevertheless, by us following Jesus Christ before birth and taking upon the Name of Jesus Christ before being born upon this earth, we and all mankind from the time of Adam and Eve became innocent in our beginnings here upon this earth. Thus, we adults all have enjoyed up to the age of eight, holy years free of the power of Satan, by the direct loving intervention of Jesus Christ. Mary the mother of Jesus Christ was white and fair according to the Book of Mormon. Those who obtain the Celestial Kingdom and Church of the Firstborn will become coequal in Christ and He and my Dad Ahman will be the shining, pure white light that will encompass all those who obtain this highest degree of glory and salvation. Jesus Christ already died for all the sins of the world and freed us from the grave responsibility and guilt of Adam’s transgressions. In like manner, baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints frees us from the chains of darkness and false traditions of our ancestors, if we follow the covenant pathway back to Celestial Glory. All our Present differences come from our different ancestry going back to the creation of the world and filtered later by the family of Noah; who, as the angel Gabriel, announced the marital God the Eternal Father arrangement, with Mary. This was not a genetic happenstance. I do hope for salvation when I see Jesus Christ, in that I will see Him someday as He IS, but this gift of salvation will only occur if I am One with Him. I do believe that my Heavenly Mother helped my Dad make a beautiful Garden of Eden, with lots of differences, for Adam and Eve. I look forward to seeing Her again too, in the fullness of her pure white virtue, with eyes as a flame of fire. From the Book of Mormon, everyone was as happy as a lark, until people made false, artificial differences due to material wealth and ego “status”. So too in the Bible. Skin color differences came from acts of free agency, which can also be reversed by true repentance of posterity, through Temple work in particular. In quick conclusion, Everyone, in my mind, is white, who has a pure heart and clean hands. This is Zion. So I see these physical differences are now occurring, stemming from the inside out, not from transient outside prejudicial observation, and the greatest beauty to me is that soul who has obviously, by radiant expression of the Holy Ghost, obtained the peace of Christ, which surpasses all human understanding and temporary comforts.]

[Research Note: The Book of Mormon Plates, by Rex C. Reeve Jr., mentions, under The Large Plates of Nephi, that: "Nephi seems to have started his large plates about 590 B.C., soon after arriving in the promised land. When Nephi started writing, he included the record of his father." . . . "In explaining the record of the large plates, Nephi wrote: And it came to pass that the Lord commanded me, wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my people."]
https://rsc.byu.edu/book-mormon-first-nephi-doctrinal-foundation/book-mormon-plates

ORE is mentioned, further, at:
Nephi asks the Lord where he can find ore for tools, 1 Ne. 17:9.
people of Lehi find all manner of ore in wilderness, 1 Ne. 18:25.
Nephi makes plates of ore, 1 Ne. 19:1.
Nephi teaches people to work in precious ores, 2 Ne. 5:15.
Nephites search for precious ores, Jacob 2:12.
record of Jaredites engraven on plates of ore, Mosiah 21:27.
precious ore of every kind in promised land, Hel. 6:11.
Jaredites work in all manner of ore, Ether 10:23.
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/triple-index/ore?lang=eng&clang=eng

Of the above ORE listings, Helaman 6 has the most significant information, in that "the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people, insomuch that their righteousness did exceed that of the Nephites, . . . And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did come down into the land of Zarahemla, . . . And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did go into the land northward; and also Nephi and Lehi went into the land northward, to preach unto the people. . . . And it came to pass that they became exceedingly rich, both the Lamanites and the Nephites; and they did have an exceeding plenty of gold, and of silver, and of all manner of precious metals, both in the land south and in the land north. Now the land south was called Lehi, and the land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south. And behold, there was all manner of gold in both these lands, and of silver, and of precious ore of every kind; and there were also curious workmen, who did work all kinds of ore and did refine it; and thus they did become rich." All these comments, taken together, suggest that the Lamanites resided in a higher elevated area of the South American region of Lehi; coming down to the river valley region of the City of Zarahemla; with additional permitted, further travels into the Mulek land north, (which would immediately involve Central America, Mexico, and more distantly, the United States, as well as Canada), having "free intercourse one with another, to buy and to sell, and to get gain, according to their desire.".

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/hel/6.11?lang=eng
ZARAHEMLA and THE RIVER SIDON:
http://archive.is/dpedr
"Caffeinated"* BYU System Eclipsed
http://archive.is/PuBA5
The scenario presented in the Book of Mormon took place throughout all of North America and South America. [It is exceedingly clear, from a genealogical research standpoint; that Chapter 8 of 3rd Nephi, is a recital of damage in the Americas, beginning with the Nephite main capital City of Zarahemla, in South America, and proceeding forth up into the highways and roads, and the generic cities of North America.]
[Research Note: This fully conforms to the physical distribution of the Arawakan languages. {Arawakan (Arahuacan, Maipuran Arawakan, "mainstream" Arawakan, Arawakan proper), also known as Maipurean (also Maipuran, Maipureano, Maipúre), is a language family that developed among ancient indigenous peoples in South America. Branches migrated to Central America and the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean and the Atlantic, including what is now the Bahamas. Among South American countries, only present-day Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile have never had peoples who spoke Arawakan languages.}
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arawakan_languages

Why Did Nephi Prophesy of Christopher Columbus? . . . "And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land."
https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/knowhy/why-did-nephi-prophesy-of-christopher-columbus
Exploring the Early Americas - Columbus and the Taíno
https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/exploring-the-early-americas/columbus-and-the-taino.html Here are the indigenous people Christopher Columbus and his men could not annihilate . . . In Hispaniola — what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic — Columbus encountered the Lucayans’ cousins, the Taíno. (The Lucayan were a branch of the much larger Taíno, who were part of the Arawak language group.) . . . ]
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/10/14/here-are-indigenous-people-christopher-columbus-his-men-could-not-annihilate/

Part II: Research Note concerning the Book of Mormon, Fourth Nephi, The Book of Nephi, Who Is the Son of Nephi—One of the Disciples of Jesus Christ; An account of the people of Nephi, according to his record. . . . 40 And it came to pass that two hundred and forty and four years had passed away, and thus were the affairs of the people. And the more wicked part of the people did wax strong, and became exceedingly more numerous than were the people of God. 41 And they did still continue to build up churches unto themselves, and adorn them with all manner of precious things. And thus did two hundred and fifty years pass away, and also two hundred and sixty years. {In other words, going into the late 3 rd century AD.} 42 And it came to pass that the wicked part of the people began again to build up the secret oaths and combinations of Gadianton. 43 And also the people who were called the people of Nephi began to be proud in their hearts, because of their exceeding riches, and become vain like unto their brethren, the Lamanites.
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/4-ne/1?lang=eng

Compare this time period with the article: Tomb of the Lord of Sipan, Mochican Warrior Priest, which mentions: [The spectacular Mochican tomb complex of Huaca Rajada, an archaeological site, near Sipán on the North coast of Peru. The most famous of the tombs belonged to El Señor de Sipán (The Lord of Sipán), a Mochican warrior priest who was buried among dazzling treasures, unlike any seen before in the region. . . . was aged 35-45 years old at the time of his death, and is known to have ruled the Lambayeque Valley in the late 3 rd century AD. The elite leader was found adorned in gold, silver, and copper jewellery and ornaments, including an enormous crescent headdress with a plume of feathers, a face mask, several pectorals composed of hundreds of shell beads, necklaces, nose rings, ear rings, a gold and silver sceptre, banners of gilded metal sewn onto cotton cloth, and two backflaps, which are trapezoidal sheets of beaten gold . . . Also buried with the Lord of Sipán were many ceremonial utensils such as tropical sea shells, silver and gold rattles, knives, golden death-masks, gold bells showing a deity severing human heads, three other headdresses, and hundreds of beads. A total of 451 gold, silver, copper, textile, and feather objects were buried with the Lord of Sipán to accompany him in the afterlife.] Furthermore, mention is made of "The Old Lord of Sipán". . . [his tomb . . . contained the finest metalwork found at the site, including many pieces made of thin, hammered plates of gold, and gilded copper and alloys. The ability to do this type of gold alloying was not discovered in Europe until centuries later. ] This directly validates the use of ores by skilled craftsmen, as mentioned clearly in the Book of Mormon, and further readings suggest the continuing deterioration of good social norms within the Nephites and Lamanites of this time period.
https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-americas/tomb-lord-sipan-mochican-warrior-priest-001986
The tomb of the Lord of Sipan (Lambayeque).
http://www.gaviotina.com/latin-america/tomb-of-the-lord-of-sipan-lambayeque/
Tombs of Sipán - Lambayeque, Peru. The shockingly unspoiled Peruvian tomb of the Lord of Sipan was once guarded by a footless warrior.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tombs-of-sipan
Who Was the Lord of Sipán?
https://peru.info/en-us/tourism/news/3/17/who-was-the-lord-of-sipan-
Lords of Sipán
https://www.world-archaeology.com/world/south-america/peru/lords-of-sipan/
Alva at Huaca Rajada
https://www.world-archaeology.com/great-discoveries/alva-at-huaca-rajada/
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