It was just another weekend in the craft market of Antigua, where the Maya villagers bring their wares to entice the passing tourists. Located next to the spectacular baroque ruin that was the church known as El Carmen, perhaps twenty vendors spread their offerings on the cobblestone street. Paintings, jewelry and bright-colored fabrics are the norm but on one Maya lady’s blanket is a box of broken Mayan ceramics. Scattered amidst small beige-colored pieces of pottery was what appeared to be an oil lamp of unknown provenance and a small dun-colored vase that seemed to have been formed on a potter’s wheel.
Could these be remnants or perhaps some indication that what the Mormon Church has been trying to prove for years, that there was a landing in Central America thousands of years ago by a lost tribe of Israel?
“A carved throne from the ancient ruined city of Kaminaljuyu, a preserved National Park located in the area of modern Guatemala City, could very well be from King Noah’s era when he ruled at the City of Nephi. It dates to 147 BC, the very date when the Book of Mormon relates the reign of the wicked King Noah and his son King Limhi.” (The Ancient America Foundation)
“Several types of indirect archaeological evidence, however, have been used in support of the Book of Mormon. For example, John L. Sorenson and M. Wells Jakeman tentatively identified the Olmec (2000-600 B.C.) and Late Pre-Classic Maya (300 B.C.-A.D. 250) cultures in Central America with the jaredite and nephite cultures, based on correspondences between periods of cultural development in these areas and the pattern of cultural change in the Book of Mormon.
Likewise, parallels between cultural traits of the ancient Near East and Mesoamerica perhaps indicate transoceanic contacts between the two regions. Among these are such minor secondary traits as horned incense burners, models of house types, wheel-made
For what it’s worth, the small oil lamp appears to be very similar to those from the lands and time of ancient Canaan.