Los Lunas Decalogue Stone

​​About 16 miles outside of a small town called Los Lunas, at the base of what locals call Hidden Mountain, a large boulder with unusual writings stands in the rural New Mexican desert as a compelling question for the ages. The stone was discovered in 1933 by a local archaeologist, Dr. Frank HIbben. However, oral traditions go beyond that as it was commonly referred to as the "Cliff of Strange Writings" by some of the local tribes.  The contents of this multi-ton boulder; the 10 Commandments.

What is most unusual about this inscription is the script that is used. This stone contains a Phoenician variant of the 10 commandments that is primarily inscribed in Paleo-Hebrew, although there is some minor Greek and Samaritan influence in the stone as well.  Paleo-Hebrew is an ancient writing style that began to disappear after the 5th Century BC, although it was still used in some isolated circumstances for centuries afterwards. This stone has been the subject of much controversy and has led to a number of theories by archeologists, semitic experts, geologists, and cultural anthropologists regarding actual timeframe and the possibilities of Pre-Columbian migration.  

 

In this documentary, the director will address the style of punctuation, grammar, and cultural influences evident in the stone itself en route to forming a hypothesis regarding the origins of the stone and the people that engraved its inscription.  While those interviewed might have opinions that differ from that of the director, each hypothesis is treated with the utmost respect.