Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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New World Bountiful?



photo reconnaissance expedition, southern Mexico, city Bountiful, Book of Mormon studies, John Sorenson, David A. Palmer, Coatzacoalcos River, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Cerro El Vigia, Jaredite battles, Nephite battles


Recently F.A.R.M.S. and BYU jointly supported a photo reconnaissance expedition in southern Mexico that focused on searching for an archaeological site that could qualify as the city of Bountiful in the Book of Mormon. Based on a research plan initiated by John Sorenson, David A. Palmer and several associates made aerial reconnaissance of the area just east of the Coatzacoalcos River in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the zone around Cerro El Vigia. Selected areas were then examined on the ground. In separate books by Sorenson and Palmer, the isthmian territory now targeted was considered the likely spot for Bountiful, while El Vigia was considered the probable scene of the final Jaredite and Nephite battles.