The Decalogue, The Keystone, and a 19th century plan of the Newark Earthworks, and Tawa, the sun spirit and creator in Hopi mythology.

Did David Wyrick Find the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail Near Newark, Ohio?

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For 157 years, archaeologists, religious scholars, anthropologist, politicians, scientists, and historians—everyone except Native Americans—have tried to prove that the two stones and one small cup David Wyrick found in a burial mound in Ohio, were forgeries.  

If the stones were authentic, then our theories about the peopling of the world and manifest destiny were all wrong.  So, there was, and still is, a lot at stake.

Finding the Keystone

Wyrick was a printer/surveyor by trade living in Newark, Ohio, USA in the mid-1800s.  Whenever time provided, he and his son would travel the mile or so southwest of town to the ancient mounds and dig in the burial grounds for native artifacts.  One June day they came across a wedge-shaped stone in a circular depression, common in the ancient earthworks.  It was six inches (15 cm) long, three inches (7.6 cm) in its widest part, and half an inch (1.2 cm) in diameter, and tapered to a point.  

What was strange about this stone was that it had Hebrew inscriptions on all four sides; Melech Eretz - King Of The Earth; Toras Hashem - The Law Of The Lord; D’var Hashem - The Word Of The Lord; and Kodesh Kodashim - Holy Of Holies.  They named it the Keystone because of its unique shape.

A picture of "The Keystone", one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones.

A picture of "The Keystone", one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones. (J. Huston McCulloch / Public Domain )

No record was kept of the exact location it was found, what direction it was pointing, or if it was found in a tomb.  The study of archaeology at this point in time was in its infancy and very few treasure hunters were keeping detailed records of their discoveries.

Rod or Staff of God?

The stone resembles a spearhead, or the tip of a rod or staff, in my mind.  Moses and his brother Aaron both had staffs throughout their most important milestones.  The staff was called the Rod or Staff of God in Moses’ case and Aaron’s Rod for Moses’ brothers.  It is written in Hebrew 9:4 that Aaron’s Rod was kept in the Ark of the Covenant.  I do not know if there is any written record of inscriptions on either staff, but if they did have inscriptions, I would think; King of Earth, Law of the Lord, Word of the Lord, and Holy of Holies, would be very likely candidates for those inscriptions.     

Finding the keystone took Wyrick and his friends to the next level in treasure hunting.  Five months later he came across 12 (some say 15) small burials arranged in a small circle with one large burial site in the center, at a site called Jackson Town Stone Mound. 

The site where the objects were found is known as The Newark Earthworks, Newark, Ohio, USA. 19th-century plan of the Works

The site where the objects were found is known as The Newark Earthworks, Newark, Ohio, USA. 19th-century plan of the Works ( Public Domain )

The site, a pyramid-shaped mound, 50 feet (15 meters) high and 200 feet (61 meters) wide, had been excavated in the past, in fact over 15,000 wagon-loads of stone had been removed between 1831 and 1832.  The material was transported and used to build the Ohio and Erie canal.  At the base level the remains of a wooden (oak) trough or coffin (radiocarbon dated Cal AD-70 to Cal AD-230 with a 95 percent probability) with some human remains were still visible. 

Newark Holy Stones Collection

Newark Holy Stones Collection ( Source:

Wyrick decided to dig below and deeper at this site and found a small sandstone box, 18 inches (46 cm) long and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, which was under the wooden object and under a layer of white clay that had not been disturbed. The sandstone case was cemented shut. One of Wyrick’s men found a small whole in the base of the case and blew into it and the case opened. They found a small limestone slab, six and 7/8 inches (17.5 cm) long, one and 5/8 inches (four cm) thick, and two and 7/8 inches (seven cm) wide, perfectly encased in the small, sandstone box.

 On one side of the limestone slab was a male human figure with the name Moshe (Moses) in Hebrew carved above it. The figure was dressed in robes and wearing a turban.  The rest of the stone was completely covered in Hebrew characters, which were translated as a reproduction of the Ten Commandments, although not complete as we think of them today. Wyrick called the limestone slab ‘The Decalogue Stone’.


The LDS church as salted sites with relics and inscriptions for 150 years

Thomas O. Mills's picture

The LDS Church might have been able to reproduce relics but not DNA. That's why I wrote the article.

A good book about Smith and his start is by Jon Krakauer "Under The Banner Of Heaven. as info.

Thanks for the comments. tom

Thomas O. Mills

Read Professor Barry Fells's much maligned books on "America BC". He offers LOTS of examples of Celtic and Phoenician sites across North America and the famous plaque found in Brazil that documents the stranding of a Phoenician crew.

Phoenicians, whom the Bible insists on calling "Philistines", would of course have the same Mid Eastern DNA as Hebrews.


Thomas O. Mills's picture

Hello Vino, I see that he wrote two other books - Saga America & Bronze Age America - I'll take a look. All three got great reviews. Thanks for the information. tom

Thomas O. Mills

I find it hard to believe that the ancient Hopi knew of Egypt and Monte Verde, Chile. Or is this your personal interpretation of their tales?


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