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Cities Sunk Into the Sea and Covered with Waters - 34 A.D. - Mesoamerica

"…the city of Moroni did sink into the depths of the sea….”   (3 Nephi 8:9)  (3 Nephi 9:4)  34 A.D
“…the city of Onihah...the city of Mocum… and the city of Jerusalem and the inhabitants thereof…waters have I caused to come up in the stead thereof….”  (3 Nephi 9:7)  34 A.D.
“And many great and notable cities were sunk..."
     (3 Nephi 8:14)  34 A.D.
In the year 1830 when the Book of Mormon was published to the world.    The world knew nothing about any ancient cities in the Western Hemisphere that had been destroyed and were under water.   No one had scuba equipment so as to go under water and find any cities buried under water.

 Sank into the depth of the Sea?
"Archaeological data supports the idea that a portion of the area between the shoreline and the reef lay above water before the time of Christ. Early on in my investigations, I [Jerry L. Ainsworth], had concluded that the city of Moroni, which sank into the sea during the great upheavals of A.D. 34, was built near the coast of Belize.

Esteban and I visited Belize's minister of archaeology in December 1989. He confirmed there was a "Mayan" city under water off the coast precisely where I had theorized. In fact, he told us, there are several cities under water off Belize. One is adjacent to the ruins of Cerros; another is further south.
Evidence of these ancient sites under water can be ascertained by the presence of potshards that wash up from the sea on a regular basis.
Some cities, in fact, lie only partially submerged. The ruins of Cerros, for example, exist on a small peninsula near Corozal, in the northern tip of Belize. The site runs to the edge of that peninsula and straight into the sea. The top of one pyramid, adjacent to another larger pyramid, sticks out of the water (ills. 38, 39).

The minister of archaeology told us that a part of the city sank around A.D. 50, which approximates the time of the great upheavals described in the Book of Mormon. A perplexing thing about these underwater ruins is the resistance most archaeologists have to the coast of Belize's sinking into the ocean at that time. There exists evidence that the Yucatan Peninsula, too, underwent such changes. Geologists on the Peninsula told me a movement of landmasses had certainly occurred. They contend, however, that it happened millions of years ago. Yet, we know there are "Mayan" cities under water off the coast of Belize. Unless these ancient people built cities in the sea, we must assume this land sank more recently than that."   (Foundation for Ancient American Studies, Jerry L. Ainsworth)


  Lake Atitlan located in the Highlands of Guatemala.
"Researchers have found "about 30 ancient homes, a plaza, staircases, and even saunas, among the submerged ruins of Samabaj."
 Is There Evidence of Sunken Cities in Ancient America?  (Book of Mormon Central #429)  (2:00 min.)