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The Gold Plates of King Darius
TitleThe Gold Plates of King Darius
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWarren P. Aston
PublisherBook of Mormon Archaeological Forum
KeywordsAncient Near East; Gold Plates; King Darius; Metallurgy; Plates; Recordkeeping

The finely-inscribed gold and silver plates of King Darius remain an example par excellence of ancient record-keeping using metal plates. Buried for millennia, they were discovered by a German archaeologist in 1933. They remain one of the best examples of the plates that Joseph Smith reported locating and translating into the Book of Mormon a century earlier.