Today, most scholars who attempt to identify the New World lands of the Book of Mormon select Mesoamerica as the location of all New World Book of Mormon events.
Largely because of radiocarbon dating, today’s Mesoamerican archaeological and historical reports enable us to compare many Mesoamerican dates of events with the similar dates recorded in the Book of Mormon.
Where such dating comparisons can be made, today’s correlations between Mesoamerican records of events and the Book of Mormon record of comparable events offer intriguing outcomes about the credibility of the Book of Mormon.
To the extent they do correlate positively, readers, scholars, critics, and even blasphemers of the Book of Mormon should pay attention to the potential credibility of the Book of Mormon based on radiocarbon-dating outcomes in Mesoamerica. In addition, anyone who proposes a Mesoamerica model for Book of Mormon geography should let radiocarbon dating from Mesoamerica help determine the locations of geographic landmarks.
From the perspective of the credibility of the Book of Mormon, radiocarbon dating (also called carbon-14 dating) is clearly one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the twentieth century.
Radiocarbon dating then uses the amount of carbon 14 found in living creatures as a measuring stick.