Agriculture in the Americas

  • Many ancient American cultures were hunter-gatherers

  • No evidence of plows (as actual artifacts or in artwork)

  • No evidence of either wheat or barley

  • Crops known to be grown by ancient Americans, such as chocolate, lima beans, squash, potatoes, and tomatoes are not found in the Book of Mormon

Andean Pottery with peppers 100 B.C.

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Slide 20 of 56

The Book of Mormon describes agriculture in ancient America as being similar to that found in the Middle East during biblical times. The problem is that ancient Americans didn't utilize plow agriculture for growing crops such as wheat and barley. Crops that were grown by ancient Americans were depicted in their artwork, although most of those were not mentioned in the Book of Mormon.
Last Modified June 14, 2008


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