Challenging Issues, Keeping the Faith: The Baja model of Book of Mormon geography
I’m under no delusion that such textual clues necessarily force us to view the Nephite world like the cities of medieval Europe or even necessarily of the level of magnitude that we find in some parts of Mesoamerica (for which many of the more spectacular structures date outside of the Book of Mormon timeline). I also believe that their temple would not have been anywhere near as monumental as Solomon’s. From my interpretation of the text, however, it seems reasonable to assume that the Book of Mormon peoples would have left some archaeological evidence for their existence.
This brings us to the Rosenvall’s second answer to the lack of archaeological remains — the destruction of the wicked may have swept the evidence away. While the Rosenvalls agree that the coming of Christ would not have made major changes to the geographical landscape, they apparently believe that some time after the end of the Book of Mormon most of their archaeological evidence somehow disappeared. I personally find this argument unconvincing.
While it’s possible that future archaeological excavations may result in exciting new evidences to support either the Baja or the Peruvian models, based on what evidence is available today, I feel that both models are less impressive that other competing models.
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