Ancient Near East, Israel, Bible, Archaeology, Book of Mormon
A short sword was unearthed in the ancient Philistine city Ekron, which was destroyed in 604 BC and lay twenty-two miles south of Jerusalem. Israel seems to have been initially dependent on the Philistines for metallurgy. In 2003, a seventh-century BC Etruscan gold book was discovered in Bulgaria. Recently, another gold book was found in Iran dating from around the sixth century BC.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Studies, Journal of Book of Mormon
"Out of the Dust: Ancient Steel Sword Unearthed,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 14
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol14/iss2/9