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


Book of Mormon studies, Viking iron, archaeology, Jaredites, Nephites, Mulekites, ancient Near East, metallurgical technology


The question of the relationship between Mesoamerican archaeology and descriptions of the use of iron and other metals in the Book of Mormon is a complex one. The Jaredites, Nephites, and Mulekites came from the ancient Near East, where metallurgy was a widespread, integral part of civilization. There is evidence from the Book of Mormon that some elements of Near Eastern metallurgical technology were brought to the New World.