Ten Commandments and the Name of God are etched into a rock about 10 miles west of Los Lunas, New Mexico, in a script variously identified as ‘post-Alexandrian,’ ‘Samaritan,’ and ‘ancient Hebrew.’ The site has been known to archaeology since 1933 when University of New Mexico archaeologist Frank Hibben was taken to the site.
Hibben was in disgrace. In the early 1930s, he had discovered evidence of 22,000 year-old Sandia Man in a cave in the mountains overlooking Albuquerque. At the time, the Clovis culture had just been accepted by the powers-that-be in archaeology as, at 10,000 years, the oldest culture in North America. It had taken more than 10 years to get Clovis accepted and they were not ready to hear about anything older. Sandia Man was rejected. A graduate student working with Hibben made his reputation by destroying Hibben’s claiming his technique poor, and thus, his findings wrong. Sandia Man was dismissed, that is, until recently. In the last few years, more and more evidence has appeared showing multiple migrations to North America, some as old as 22,000 years ago.
A few years after his first disgrace, Hibben announced finding the Decalogue Stone. Since no one had any idea how ancient Hebrews (the Tribe of Dan, Samaritans or Phoenicians) could have traveled to New Mexico 2,500 years ago, it was obviously a fake. Right? But that’s not how science is supposed to work. We are not supposed to reject the evidence if it doesn’t fit the theory, which is what was being done to Hibben’s evidence in both cases. Science is supposed to evaluate the evidence to see if it holds up and reject the theory if it conflicts. Doing the reverse is often referred to as magic.
Archaeology is taking another look at Hibben’s work on Sandia Man. So, perhaps the Los Lunas Stone may soon get an objective appraisal. Here is a link to further information. Los Lunas Decalogue Stone