|The Big House (Casa Grande) in Casa Grande, AZ|
3. And it came to pass in the forty and sixth, yeah , there was much contention and many dissensions; in the which there were an exceedingly great many who departed out of the land of Zarahemla, and went forth unto the land northward to inherit the land.
7. And there being but little timber upon the face of the land, nevertheless the people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement; therefore they did build houses of cement, in the which they did dwell.
Thus we see that the Pueblo people (the Hohokam and Anasazi) were more than likely ancestors of those Nephite/Lamanite people who migrated northward. This also matches with many of the migration stories held by the tribes still in the American Southwest today. The use of cement or what is known as caliche (cuh-LEE-chee), a concrete like mix of sand, clay and calcium carbonate (limestone) was used to build whole permanent settlements throughout the southwestern Sonoran desert. The book of Helaman in the Book of Mormon also speaks about the use of wood. I took over 200 cedar and other types of trees that were carried from more than 60 miles away used to make the roofs of the Big House.
|Casa Grande Hohokam Ruins|
|Me in front of the west side of Casa Grande|
|Unexcavated ball court at Casa Grande that dates to 900 AD.|
There was a ball found in this court when first discovered.
|Mesoamerican influence on shell fragments for bracelet.|