A story which has circulated on social media since April 2015 claims that archaeologists discovered golden plates linked to Joseph Smith, Jr. The story, however, is fake.
Golden Plates Found?
The bogus report claims that a team of archaeologists in western New York found a set of gold plates that they believed were linked to Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We further read that the team was led by a BYU professor of archaeology which used “advanced metal detectors” to find the plates in a “cave-like cavity.”
World News Daily Report
This work of fiction is brought to us by World News Daily Report (WNDR), a fake news website which has been known to publish outlandish false news items which appear to be aimed at knee-jerk social media sharing. You’ll notice that there are no sources or any type of corroboration presented in the article.
This is not the first viral story to claim a fantastic discovery by archaeologists. In late 2014, WNDR published another fake story suggested that the fabled Trojan Horse had been found in Turkey. Later that month, WNDR claimed that remains of a new species of humans had also been found.
The story that claims the discovery of golden plates associated with Joseph Smith, Jr. is false. It was created by the well-known fake news website World News Daily Report.