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“There’s a whole system of production of wheat and barley…It’s a specialized production of food. You have to know something to make flax (the source of linen), and especially in tropical climates. Grapes and olives… all these are cultures that are highly developed and amount to systems, and so the Book of Mormon is [incorrectly] saying that these systems existed here.” 

Dr. Raymond T. Matheny – BYU anthropology professor, “Book of Mormon Archeology” (Salt Lake City, UT: Sunstone Symposium, 25 August 1984), typed copy transcribed from a tape-recording.