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Who Inscribed the Ancient Hebrew on the Los Lunas Mystery Stone Found in New Mexico?

Updated on May 1, 2012
Los Lunas Decalogue Stone
Los Lunas Decalogue Stone

by Christine B.


This ninety-ton rock was found outside the small Albuquerque suburb of Los Lunas in 1933 by Professor Frank Hibben, an archeologist from the University of New Mexico. What scientists and archaeologists cannot figure out is who wrote the Ancient Hebrew text of the Ten Commandments on it and then left it in New Mexico, USA. Another mystery is that some of the text contained Greek letters, which would indicate that whoever wrote it was also familiar with that language. The Ancient Samaritan texts often mixed Greek and Hebrew terms and lettering. They, however lived in the East near Mesopotamia and nowhere near that area of the United States.

Since the stone is so heavy it has not been possible to move it to a laboratory for closer study. Over the years since it was found it has been scrubbed and cleaned many times, so the possibility of an accurate dating process has been almost impossible, as well. The scientific community has dated the rock to be between 500 and 2,000 years old… which is quite a span. (The Ancient Samaritans were known to exist near Israel as early as 700 BC.) They have also determined that the rock wasn’t dropped there by a flood or glacier because it is made up of the same basalt rock that is common in the mountains near where it was found

Another thing that concerns scientists is that it would have taken quite a while for the stone to be etched. This would indicate that whoever did it would have had to have left some debris behind from their encampment in the area, and no evidence of this has ever been found.

Although no one has ever been able to prove that the stone is a fraud, it has not been proven to be authentic either. This leaves the artifact in Limbo as far as the scientific community is concerned. Visitors to the stone don’t seem to care either way. A Recreational Access Permit to see the monolith can be purchased for a $25 from the New Mexico State Land Office. The stone is also known as The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone, so if you request a permit to see it, you might need to use that designation.

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