Board of Directors:
President (Archaeologist) V. Garth Norman: Mesoamerica, North & South America, & Middle East Archaeology Vice President (Archaeologist) - Kerry Hull Vice President (Dentist) – Dr. Alan Miner Vice President (Archaeologist) – T. Michael Smith – North America – Northeast, Midwest, Southwest Secretary – (Teacher) -Cheryl Norman Web Manager – (Biologist) – Jeffrey N. Law
Dr. Lance Harding-Art Historian, Sergio Navas (Guatemala) Tour Guide, Dr. John Pratt-Astronomer, Winston L. Williams-Technology, Diane Wirth-Art Historian, Dr. Joseph Allen and Blake Allen-www.bookofmormontours.com. Dr. Jason Jones-Digital Imaging Technician, Alan Overstreet-Librarian, Dennis Lisonbee-Video Production, Brian Olson-Video Production, Dan Tyrrel-Graphic design. Matthew and Shelby Law – Graphic Design & Editing.
ANCIENT AMERICA FOUNDATION, INC.
In April of 1949, the University Archaeology Society was organized as a nonprofit organization. The principals of the society were M. Wells Jakeman, Irene Briggs Woodford, Bruce Warren, and other archaeologists associated with Brigham Young University as well as other students and scholars interested in the geography, culture, language, and history of the peoples of the Book of Mormon.
In 1962, the name was changed from University Archaeological Society to Society for Early Historic Archaeology (SEHA). To align the society more closely with Book of Mormon research and Maya studies, the name has now become ANCIENT AMERICA FOUNDATION (AAF).
The objective of AAF is to draw on past research of Book of Mormon studies and to digest and disseminate information derived from both Latter-day Saint and non-Latter-day Saint scholars of ancient Mesoamerica in an attempt to understand the geography and culture surrounding the ancient text of the Book of Mormon.
Many Latter-day Saints and non-Latter-day Saints are unaware of the painstaking and detailed research that has been conducted over the past 50 years in Mesoamerica (southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador).
Furthermore, most Latter-day Saints are uninformed as to the unanimity of Latter-day Saint Scholars in terms of Book of Mormon studies. For example, did you know that the main place where a written language existed during the time period of the Book of Mormon (600 BC to AD 400) was in Mesoamerica (Preclassic)?
A few uninformed Latter-day Saints continue to promote other areas, such as Peru or the northeastern part of the United States, as “lands of the Book of Mormon.” Doing so merely confuses the study of the Book of Mormon.
AAF endeavors to inform and answer questions of both aforementioned groups and to specifically promote current scholarship on Book of Mormon studies in relation to Mesoamerica.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BETWEEN 75 PERCENT AND 100 PERCENT OF LATTER-DAY SAINT MESOAMERICAN SCHOLARS AGREE ON OVER 20 MAJOR SITE IDENTIFICATIONS? SOME AREAS OF AGREEMENT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Mesoamerica as the Land of the Book of Mormon.
2. The location of the Hill Ramah/Cumorah in Veracruz, Mexico.
3. The association of the narrow neck of land with the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
4. The narrow strip of wilderness along the Sierra de las Minas and the Cuchamatanes Mountains that separate the Guatemala highlands from Chiapas and the Guatemala lowlands.
5. A favorable identification between the ancient Jaredites and the Olmecs of the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
6. The location of the land of Nephi in the highlands of Guatemala.