The photo shows men in the early 1900s busting down and destroying ancient earthworks in Chillicothe, Ohio. From this site, there were small pieces of bark from a Black Locust Tree and certain artifacts. One hundred years later, the radiocarbon dating of these fragments of tree bark fixed its age at AD 40. In the chronology of the Book of Mormon, AD 33 has great significance. These men are digging a site that is associated with the time of Christ's visit to America.
There are advanced technologies that measure and identify ancient features buried in the ground. The techniques come from solid scientific principles. The procedures have had great success in unearthing history in other parts of the world. The most notable example is Stonehenge. German engineers made magnetic scans of adjacent lands. The scanning revealed features in the ground, which enlarged the world's understanding of that famous site. This same German technology will search for the areas of the Book of Mormon.
Cities are connected to vast landscapes. SENSYS technology locates buried features from the activities of people who lived 2,000 years ago. In December 2018 German technology found buried houses which are from the 1st Century. On a hilltop in Ohio, the results of SENSYS surveys identified exact positions for more than a half dozen roundhouses. Some roundhouses were large, with diameters of 64 feet.
SENSYS makes it possible to scan thousands of acres. Each data reading has GPS coordinates which are within an accuracy of 1/4". There are billions of data points. The plotting of digital images from these points is the basis for discovering features for the lost city of Zarahemla.
We will make magnetic images from the data that come from the ground. These digital images will locate ancient features in the cropland of Iowa. The data plotted on digital maps, and from these images, we hope to identify and unearth the remains of Zarahemla. We are looking for the foundations of a city wall. Jerusalem in the 1st Century had a wall that was 12,000 feet in length. In that same century, the Roman city of London had a wall with a perimeter of 10,000 feet. Ancient walls were expensive and gave important protection to the populations of cities.
- Zarahemla was the city for the Nephite government that controlled a half million square miles of territory. We expect to find traces of public buildings.
- Zarahemla was a city of commerce and trade. We expect to find roads and market places.
- Zarahemla was a city of ritual and religion. We expect to find traces of temples.
- Zarahemla was a city of entertainment. We expect to find places where ancient people gathered for public events.
- Zarahemla was a city that was destroyed by fire on Passover in AD 33 and by war in AD 335. We expect to find remnants of these destructions.