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Other than "our" gold plates tht were found in Palmyra... Were there any others found in the same region during the same time period or since?

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I can only think of the Kinderhook plates, which were known as a fake.

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The Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York: Embracing Some Account of the Ancient Remains by O. Turner, 1850:

In the year 1809, a copper plate was ploughed up in a field belonging to Mr. Ephraim Woodruff, the early pioneer blacksmith, in Willink. (now Aurora.) Those who saw it differ in reference to its size; the average of their recollections would make it twelve by sixteen inches; in thickness not far from the 8th of an inch. It had engraved upon one side of it, in regular lines, extending the whole width of the plate, what would appear to have been some record, or as we may well imagine some brief code of laws, in manner and form, like the tablets of the early nations to which allusions are made in both sacred and profance history. The letters, hyroglyphics, or characters, are described as having a close resemblance to the "old fashioned printed music notes." Upon the reverse side of the plate at each corner, there was an engraved image, resembling, (in the language of one of the author's informants,) some of the pictures in Stevens' work on the ruins of Central America.

Unfortunately for those who take a deep interest in this branch of American history - who are eager to catch even glimpses of that which is involved in so much obscurity, the mysterious plate was a sacrifice to the exigencies of that early period of settlement: - After being looked upon with wonder, (as it would be now,) those who possessed it, and were somewhat unmindful of its value, allowed it to be worked up - converted into kitchen utensils - a dipper and a skimmer. They were not Antiquarians, as must be inferred, and a sheet of copper in those primitive times, was a rarity that must have strongly inclined them to utilitariansim. A surviving son of the early blacksmith, who worked up the plate, is quite confident that he did not hammer out the whole of the engraved lines. All traces of the dipper are lost, but it is confidently believed that the skimmer has been preserved in a branch of the Woodruff family, now residing at the west. If so, and there are any portion of the engraved lines yet legible, it will be put into the hands of some one competent to the task of interpretation. But a partial understanding of the character of the mysterious relic, can, however, be anticipated. But we may well infer, that the plate, had it been preserved entire, would have furnished something more decisive than any that has yet been discovered; and perhaps, have determined what race or people it was that history, and even tradition has lost sight of; but of whose occupancy of this region, there are so numerous and palpable evidences. (p.668-669)

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Also, here's an interesting snip from a book by Franklin S. Harris.

"However, many metallic plates, mostly found since 1830, are now known. Various materials have been used. A few years ago, Dr. Warren K. Moorehead (40) found copper plates in Georgia. Adair (41) tells of five copper and two brass tablets among the Tuccabatchey Indians which according to tradition were given them by God.

One of the most interesting finds was made near Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1847, when a gold plate was discovered three or four inches in length and about three-quarters of an inch in width. Two plates fastened together with pins were beautifully engraved with ancient raised characters which seem to be mostly ancient Egyptian, according to Dr. Wise, a learned rabbi of the Jewish synagogue there and editor of a Hebrew paper who examined the plates. Though the present location of the plates is unknown, fortunately there was a facsimile printed in the Millennial Star." (42)

Anyone ever heard of these finds, or further info on them?

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Amazing to hear these stories whether true or not. Lost to history.

Imagine, if all of this was verified, collected and preserved years ago - makes you wonder if we would be so fixated in meso-America alone.

Not all of us are so fixated in Mesoamerica alone.

Included, yes. Alone, no.

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Personally, I see that as the reason why many people tend to gravitate towards a Mesoamerica setting for The Book of Mormon and rule out a North American setting is because we have very few "verifications" of so-called artifacts that were found over a century ago (which nothing like these discoveries have been made by archaeologists in the last century, which causes more reason to doubt). I think if these people used the many materials that old resources claimed to have found, then we would continue to find them in the thousands of previously undisturbed sites that archaeologists have excavated since then. But they have not found anything remotely similar. Personally, I see that as a problem, especially when there were people fabricating artifacts and burying them in mounds and digging them up as a new discovery in that same time period. IMO, we should still be able to find some of these amazing finds that were spoke about if it were not a hoax. Also, as you know, I even if they were found to be authentic, the Hopewell were of such a small dispersed population that they could not be the Nephites/Lamanites spoken about in the BOM.

I believe Mesoamerica has more confirmed hits and relies less on questionable evidence. Of course, it has problems itself, but nothing like the other geography theories, IMO. It really doesn't matter all that much, but would be nice to be looking in the right areas. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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