When we shot the video at the Mystery Stone (also known as The Decalogue Stone and Commandment Rock), we had already spent a few hours roaming the mountain, reaching the top in the 100 degree plus heat. We had a good time, but we were a bit tired at the end when we shot the video. Something I did not elaborate on in the video, was the fact that many believe the stone inscription is a hoax. As I said in the video, I cannot say one way or the other for certain, but it had me thinking even more not only about the stone, but the entire scenario.
Those who believe it was a hoax claim two students from the University of New Mexico carved the inscriptions into the stone in the 1930s in an attempt to play a crude joke. There has never been any evidence to my knowledge to support this claim and obviously, that scenario clashes with other reports about the stone being “discovered” in the 1850s.
The more I thought about the stone and endured the heat that day I thought to myself…
How much sense does it make for someone in 1930 to head 16 miles outside of the nearest town (Los Lunas) and carve these inscriptions halfway up a mountain in the middle of the desert?
So, what would be the point of carving the inscriptions in the middle of nowhere?
Who would find the inscriptions?
We had a hard enough time finding the general location of Hidden Mountain and we were looking for it!
Even today, when you make the drive from Los Lunas to Hidden Mountain where the Mystery Stone is located there is quite literally nothing. It is desert as far as the eye can see with only a few homes scattered across the desert landscape and how could we forget, the landfill next door.
The other point I want to elaborate on is the fact that the writing is so clean cut. It is etched into the rock with clear and clean writing line on line. Someone who planned out a hoax sure spent a whole lot of time putting this together and again, for who to see back in 1930?
Secondly, no one writes at a 45-degree angle, why would someone who is creating a forgery do such a thing?
With respect to the 45-degree angle if you look at the photos you can see how over time it would have been possible for water to wash away the soil from around and under the rock leading to it to tip over. The rock sits right in the middle of a “V” on the mountainside, right where the rains would naturally collect and run. Over time, this would lead to the erosion of the soil around and under the rock.
The more I thought about all of these things I started to think to myself…
It is actually more believable to think that ancient Hebrews traveled to what would become America and carve the inscriptions, than to believe the notion of some elaborate hoax.
One thing is certain, someone, whether ancient Hebrews or modern man created an 80-ton honor to our Heavenly Father.
While working to set up our visit I had contacted Cynthia Shetter who is the local librarian. She helped answer some of my questions about the stone and they say, “she knows everything about that stone.”
Cynthia was kind enough to pass along this article from tabletmag.org titled, “The Mystery Stone“. It is a fascinating article, one I hope you take the time to read for yourself.
If you would like to visit the Mystery Stone you can find out more information by visiting the New Mexico State Land Office website. You will need to apply for a permit to visit the Mystery Stone as it is on State Trust Land.
For more details and information on the Mystery Stone, I highly recommend you visit the two sites below. These are very aged sites with a tremendous amount of information that I hope will be around for years to come.