The Los Lunas Mystery Stone is a boulder inscribed with what appears to be an ancient text. It’s also called the Decalogue Stone and Commandment Stone because many people believe that it’s actually a version of the Ten Commandments, though others disagree. In fact, the scientists who study the rock disagree on a lot of things, leaving the origins of the stone… a mystery.
What Does the Inscription Say?
Getting an accurate translation of the writing on the stone has proved challenging due to opposing opinions from numerous experts. Some think the language is Paleo-Hebrew, reading as a version of the Ten Commandments. Others believe it to be Cypriotic-Greek, reading as the survival account of a warrior/explorer, lost in the wild.
The mystery is further complicated by the fact that the Decalogue stone is too large and heavy to move from its location at the bottom of Hidden Mountain. This means that anyone can go to see it, but that’s left it open to vandalism, which destroyed the first line of the inscription.
Although the translation debate is enough to inspire curiosity, it’s far from the biggest controversy surrounding the Mystery Stone of Los Lunas. Many experts believe the rock is a genuine artifact and that it proves the existence of Hebrews in the deserts of New Mexico. Others think the Commandment Stone is just an elaborate hoax.
The Great Mystery Behind the Stone
The Mystery Stone of Los Lunas was discovered by an archeologist named Frank Hibben in 1933. He first wrote about finding the boulder on a guided tour of the area, stating that the person who showed it to him made the original discovery in the 1880’s. Hibben’s opinion was that the stone was one hundred years old or more. But could it really be a fake? Here are some of the points put forward by proponents of the hoax theory:
- Frank Hibben was accused of planting artifacts in other areas.
- The inscription is very clear and doesn’t appear as dated as it should.
- The artifact seems entirely out of place for the surroundings without any context.
- There are inconsistencies in grammar, punctuation, and style.
Does the Evidence Confirm the Hoax Theory?
Before you assume that this evidence entirely refutes the potential legitimacy of Hibben’s discovery, keep in mind that there are many linguists and archeologists who hold firm to the belief that the Mystery Rock of Los Lunas is the real deal. Their arguments?
- Frank Hibben was never found guilty of the charges against him.
- The inscription is so clear because the frequent scrubbing to improve readability.
- Seeming to be out of place and without context doesn’t entirely refute the validity; nor do the reported inconsistencies and imperfections of the grammar and punctuation.
- Some claim that the punctuation is consistent for the period.
Those who believe the Decalogue Stone is a genuine artifact also vary in their estimates of its age. Because it’s so clean and because there’s no archeological context, nobody can tell the age. Estimates range between 500 years and 2,000 years, but this too remains a mystery.
The following video shows one perspective of the Mystery Stone. And it can give you an idea of what the experience will be like if you want to take a road trip to see it for yourself.
What Do You Think of the Mystery Stone?
So, is the Los Lunas Mystery Stone a hoax? It’s challenging to form an opinion on the subject with so much controversy in the scientific community. We suggest heading to Los Lunas to see it for yourself and come to your own conclusions. You’ll find the Commandment Stone by hiking for two miles off of New Mexico Highway 6, less than half an hour away from Los Lunas. Go take a look, and let us know what you think!