Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts

Los Lunas Mystery Stone Lecture at the Transportation Center

To accommodate a larger audience, this lecture will be held at the Los Lunas Transportation Center (right next to the Rail Runner Station)

Los Lunas Mystery Stone Lecture

Saturday, March 11th, 2pm

101 Courthouse Road

Los Lunas, NM

Los Lunas Mystery Stone, a lecture by John Taylor

The Los Lunas Mystery Stone (also referred to as Los Lunas Decalogue Stone) is a large boulder west of Los Lunas carved with an abridged version of the Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, in Paleo-Hebrew script. Environmental and human interference have made it impossible to conclusively date the stone. Scholars have proposed its age to be anywhere from 200 to 2000 years old. The mystery and controversy surrounding the origins of the carvings on the stone remain unresolved. Many scholars dismiss the stone as a modern hoax while others are convinced of its ancient origins and authenticity.

John Taylor's lecture will cover major theories about the stone's origins and contextualize the conclusions various scholars have reached regarding the stone's authenticity.

This lecture does not require reservations and is open to the public.

John M. Taylor retired as the Manager of the Integrated Technologies and Systems Strategic Management Group Support Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He earned a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University and was a member of Sandia's Technical and Management Staff from 1975 to 2010. During his tenure, he published over 50 technical reports and papers. Prior to coming to Sandia he was assigned as Reactor Controls Officer on the USS Nautilus (SSN #571). He served as the Science Advisor to the START Delegation in Geneva and as the DOE liaison to the State Department for the implementation of the post-Desert Storm Iraqi cease-fire resolutions. He is the author or co-author of nine books: two on Catholicism in central New Mexico (Dejad a Los Niños, published by LPD Press, and Catholics Along the Rio Grande, published by Arcadia Press), two on the Civil War in New Mexico (Bloody Valverde and The Battle of Glorieta Pass, both published by UNM Press), three anthologies of stories from Valencia County (Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem in the Rio Abajo, A River Runs Through Us, and Enchanted Journeys—all co-authored with Richard Melzer), one on the science of soccer (The Science of Soccer—a Bouncing Ball and a Banana Kick, UNM Press), and one on a private high school in southern California (The Thacher School, Arcadia Press). Five of these books have won New Mexico-Arizona book awards. In addition, he has published numerous articles in various books and journals on Civil War, Catholic history, and soccer topics. He is married to Lynn and they have four daughters and three granddaughters.

Please note: the Los Lunas Mystery Stone Tour on March 18th is currently completely booked. We are working to schedule a repeat tour of the Mystery Stone this Fall to accommodate those unable to go on the March 18th tour.