"The Khor Rori Temple" by George Potter


The recently excavated temple at Khor Rori has revealed several extraordinary artifacts as well as an architectural design that could be of interest to LDS members. What do we know for certainty is that Nephi converted people while he traveled in the wilderness from Jerusalem (D&C 33:7,8). 

It is also probable that Nephi built his ship at the frankincense  

harbor of Khor Rori (see my books Lehi in the Wilderness and The Voyages of the Book of Mormon).

All that remains today of the temple at Khor Rori is its foundation. The building once consisted of three rooms, one which contained an altar. Archaeological architects have reconstructed what they believe was the design of the temple.


As noted in last November's featured article, archaeologists have uncovered several smelters at Khor Rori. In the book Khor Rori (Sumhuram), by the Office of the Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs, we read:


"Many of these bronze objects seem to have been cast with the lost-wax technique and finished by hammering and engraving" p. 32. Some of the artifacts found at the temple were metal plaques, p. 32.




What I found interesting is that a stone box still rest in the remains of the temple. The question begs to be asked, did the stone box at the temple once contain metal scriptures. 


Among the artifacts recovered from the Khor Rori temple is a cast metal bowl with writing on it. But the most curious artifact from the temple is now found in the History Hall of the Frankincense Museum in Salalah.  It is a metal plate with the figure of a man. His manner of dress and the placement of his hands are of special interest to LDS readers. The hands would be reversed on the reverse side of the plaque.