Many people have dismissed the Book of Mormon as non-historical because Nephi supposedly used iron, but no iron has been found (among many criticisms). I got an email newsletter from the Nephi Project about a new discovery by Purdue University researchers in Science Daily about an Iron Ore mine.
An excerpt from the article states, “The researchers determined that the mine is a human-made cave that was first created around 2,000 years ago. An estimated 3,710 metric tons was extracted from the mine during more than 1,400 years of use. The mine, which is nearly 700 cubic meters, is in a cliffside facing a modern ochre mine.”
It goes on to state that the Nasca people only used ore for ceramic and body paint. Now, I don’t mean to be critical, but 3170 metric tons is a lot of paint! It seems hard to believe that all the ore was only used for paint. The mine was used for 1400 years–couldn’t some trading have happened?