Ancient American Archaeology Research

Help Fund the Search for the Lost City of Zarahemla
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Ancient American Archaeology Research


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65% Funded
  • $6,505.00 Donated
  • $10,000.00 Goal
  • 58 Donors

About the Campaign:

This project will be overseen by Wayne May and the Heartland Research Group Inc.

We will thoroughly scan the territory of that ancient city. For the cost of a fast-food lunch, you will help professionals find evidence of North America’s largest 4th Century city that in its time was larger than London.

We believe that Zarahemla of the 4th Century was more like Novgorod of the 11th Century. These two cities were built primarily of wood and earth. Just as the remains of Novgorod have been found in recent times buried in the ground, so the remains of Zarahemla will be found in the ground. We expect to see habitations, roads, walls, temples, and fortifications of this ancient city buried under the row crops and in the bluffs of Lee County, Iowa.

Let’s go to the right place with the right technologies.  We already know that there are many ancient mounds on both sides of the Upper Mississippi River near Nauvoo.  Wayne May is the right man to lead the search. He has spent his adult life looking for Ancient America in the Heartland. It is now time to enlarge Wayne’s toolbox to include all that modern science offers.

Your thoughtful one time,  or monthly donation will help us find and share the knowledge of this ancient city with the world.

Your contribution will make it possible to use military-grade drones and ground-breaking scanning technologies to create digital maps of the most important city in the Book of Mormon.

The whole world needs to see Zarahemla. We are fortunate to know that the most likely place for the location of this great city is across the river from Nauvoo. It is not under the streets of Chicago but is in the ground under farmlands that are easy to scan.

Join the latter-day heroes and become a charter member for this project to scan 10,000 acres. Do it now and you will have the right to tell your great-grandchildren that you took part in the discovery of Zarahemla. Let’s show the world that the great city of the Book of Mormon is part of the ancient world.

Let’s start the search for Zarahemla today!

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  • Anonymous

    Wayne is doing great with the limited resources he has, but I want to help him do more, and having his own scanning equipment would be a great blessing. Please join me in this great cause!

    February 14, 2020 at 5:28 pm Reply

  • Rian Nelson

    This is a fantastic project.

    February 14, 2020 at 7:11 pm Reply

  • Mike Baker

    “Put your shoulder to wheel and push along…”

    February 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm Reply

  • Nanett Hinck

    It’s all good

    February 27, 2020 at 7:20 am Reply

  • Daryl Wood

    I would like to help on a project sometime.
    I helped west of Navoo Temple a few years ago with Mike Hathaway.

    March 6, 2020 at 7:06 am Reply

  • Cheryl M Clute

    Dan and I are looking forward to seeing and hearing about all your new discoveries Wayne, we’re so excited about this Zarahemla project!!

    March 6, 2020 at 8:33 am Reply

  • David Anderson

    In making our case for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I believe God intends us to find and use the evidence He has given—reasons, if you will—which affirm the truthfulness of His work.
    Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

    March 6, 2020 at 10:14 am Reply

  • steven gossum

    This truly is a great and good cause.

    March 12, 2020 at 7:34 am Reply

  • Brian Jeppsen

    Thanks for the incredible research work that you and your team are carrying out. Wish I could give more.

    March 12, 2020 at 7:53 am Reply

  • Linda Sutherland

    I’m so excited about this, and other Heartland projects.

    March 12, 2020 at 9:48 am Reply

  • L Edward Brown

    Thanks for your dedication to this work.

    March 14, 2020 at 7:08 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    It’s exciting to find the ancient cities here in North America

    March 16, 2020 at 7:27 am Reply

  • Robert Cowart

    I love TRUTH and want to see it displayed in all its radiant glory!

    March 17, 2020 at 6:39 am Reply

  • Tracy Gardner

    I am fascinated by the evidences that Wayne and the team are unearthing on this continent. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and now it comes to life as I imagine the people’s histories occurring in the Midwest here in America. I am part Sac Fox and therefore I believe the Book of Mormon calls to me as it has been designed to do by God. These archeological discoveries are amazing and finding the temple of Zarahemla would shock the World!

    March 17, 2020 at 9:59 am Reply

  • Michael Echard

    Enjoy your work.

    March 18, 2020 at 7:23 am Reply

  • Gary J Coleman

    I always want Wayne to have the most success possible.

    March 18, 2020 at 1:44 pm Reply

  • Lisa Miner

    You rock! Keep up the good work!

    March 25, 2020 at 6:42 am Reply

  • Deanne Ellsworth

    hang in there Wayne…. Heavenly Father is with you !!!!

    March 26, 2020 at 10:37 am Reply

  • Gary L. John

    After studying all the information given over the last few years that the Nephite nation is in the heartland of America I feel that there is enough evidence to show this is true.

    April 1, 2020 at 6:49 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    this ccould be the right place,it is whwer Joseph told

    April 13, 2020 at 5:55 am Reply

  • Larry Willis

    This work is true and faithful!

    April 23, 2020 at 9:21 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    I love the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith who wasn’t an ignorant uneducated youth but a talented, gifted, spiritual giant who mastered translation through the gift and power of God and supreme effort just as President Nelson has and brought us the remarkable history of the people whose past will be uncovered by these explorations.

    April 24, 2020 at 1:08 pm Reply

  • Cynthia H. Gale

    Donation in honor of my great grandfather Joseph C. Kingsbury and wife Caroline Whitney who were driven from Far West and sought shelter for a while in Montrose, Iowa. Joseph was called as a member of the Zarahemla Stake High Council (April 1841). Crossed the River in fall of 1841 to reside in Nauvoo. As a result of extreme hardships, by October 1842 he had lost two infant sons and his beloved wife. He remarried and recrossed the River and the land of Zarahemla to the West. May the descendants of Godly ancients and worthy pioneers be able retrace steps to the Zarahemla site instead of over it. Thank you, Wayne, and may the goal be satisfied.

    April 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm Reply

  • Alan Wilson

    It’s important to know the truth and I am willing to help dig for it. Thank you Wayne!

    April 24, 2020 at 4:57 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Please keep us updated on your new discoveries. We have followed you for years and have attended a number of seminars and meetings where you spoke.

    April 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm Reply

  • James Peterson

    Would love to see science uncover secrets from the ground as promised in D & C 101:32, 34!!

    April 25, 2020 at 11:06 pm Reply

  • Bud Walker

    I am honored to donate to the cause of truth, in hope that others will also discover it.

    May 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm Reply

  • Kenneth Nielson

    Keep up the good work

    May 15, 2020 at 1:57 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Independent of you Wayne, and the other “Heartlanders”, I have had spiritual promptings and keywords put into my head for the past 10-15 years. In following these promptings, I have found so much that led me away from my previous belief in the Mesoamerican model, and have shown me that the events of the Book of Mormon happened in the eastern part of the U.S.–to a poor, humble, religious few who were surrounded by hosts of idol and nature worshippers–including some of their own kin and friends. I do not argue that the people of Central and South America have the blood of Lehi in them–sired through travelling merchants, conquests, and travel due to famine, etc. Having received the spiritual guidance I first did, and then finding your research, I wish I could donate more to you. I know that the Lord doesn’t want ‘converts’ based on archaeology, but He will bless you with things that will enhance the testimonies we have of the Book of Mormon–Another Testament For Jesus Christ.

    May 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm Reply

  • Bill Johnson

    I believe that many people have been mislead by well intended people, the truth of where the Nephites and promised land is important to me.

    May 19, 2020 at 3:40 pm Reply

  • Boyd Tuttle

    Wayne is doing important and faithful work on an vitally important topic. Keep up the good work!

    June 9, 2020 at 9:23 am Reply

  • Thelma Loveridge

    We like Wayne May like to listen to his talks about the things that he discovers.

    July 2, 2020 at 4:57 pm Reply

  • Joyce Morgan

    Hoping to help you keep up the great work you are doing. It’s all very interesting!

    August 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm Reply

  • Alexander Speed

    We are cheering for you Wayne! Thanks for all you do!!

    September 12, 2020 at 4:02 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    I was pleased to donate to the work on City of Zarahemla. This too is the right thing to do. Thanks for all you’ve done and will do to bring the truth to the front.
    Thanks Wayne.

    September 26, 2020 at 3:25 pm Reply

  • will case

    love the work!

    October 6, 2020 at 10:47 pm Reply

  • Burnis Skinner

    Because I truly believe in this effort and support Wayne May completely. Wish I could donate more.

    October 13, 2020 at 9:48 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Sure enjoy your videos

    August 9, 2021 at 6:56 pm Reply