Metal Records and the Invention of Religious Tradition

This presentation offers a comparative study of the gold plates of the New World, and the lead plates of Granada, Spain. Both metallic records (brought forth in the modern period) were said to be buried in the ground, connected by rings, found by treasurer-seekers in a sacred hills, and deposited with other relics. Both artifacts claimed that indigenous people were anciently introduced to Christianity, These artifacts served similar needs, emerged in times of political/religious turmoil, and were defended by believing apologists in strikingly similar ways.

Michael G. Reed, D. Michael Quinn