As of today, the branch of archeology is more than excavations and findings. There is scientific evidence, latest tools and improvised technology which aids in the process. Keeping this fact in mind, the predecessors of the present day archeologist were more than just glorified treasure hunters; it is because they were driven by a passion to find more.
There is always that one, archeological claim which makes sure to invite immense skepticism. An example to the same is the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone.
What is the stone all about?
The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone was found in the south west region of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It has the Decalogue inscribed on it. The Decalogue is the 10 Commandments. It has been described in Exodus 20:1-17 of the old testament of Hebrew.
- There are people who imply that the stone dates back to the pre date of Christopher Columbus voyage- that was almost 1500 years ago. However, not much evidence is present for the moment.
- The slab is made of basalt.
- The Ten Commandments are written in the Paleo-Hebrew script.
- This rock was discovered by archeologist Frank Hibben, in the 1880s.
- In accordance with George Morehouse, a mineralogist the stone is 500-2000 years old, on account of the age calculated by the rock being weathered by windblown sand.
The script on the stone
The language and religious scholars have examined the script. These scholars included Professor James Tabor, Reinhard Pummer, Cyrus Gordon and Skupin. The text is indeed interesting:
- The writing is the early form of Hebrew; however, there is also the Hellenistic influence in it.
- There is utilized the archaic form of Hebrew letters.
- There are the symbols which are indicative of the text which were not used in Hebrew until the Middle age.
- There have also been witnessed orthographic errors in the text.
Genuineness of the stone
- The orthographic errors point against the genuineness of the stone. Since, The Ten Commandments are one of the most sacred text, the creators could not have made such fundamental mistakes. And, then there are the defenders. So, in accordance with the defenders there is also the probability that the individual, who inscribed the writing, did not speak Hebrew as a first language. Thought provoking! Isn’t it! But, then again, there is the question for those who authorized the stone to be built! How did they let go of such mistakes in the text?
- There is another speculation which is with regards to the absence of archeological evidence for ancient Hebrew population in the South Western region of the United States. It is because the artifacts do not occur alone, there are always associated other context and aspects. However, there is no such evidence of Hebrew material culture.
- Yet again, George Morehouse was a mineralogist and not an expert on weather inscriptions. Hence, what has been implied by the Morehouse and Frank Hibben need more investigation.
So, as of present more data is required to make for the reliable archeological evidence for a Hebrew culture in North America, and that too before 1500.