Presentation At Lehigh Microscopy School (9/17/2023)


Heartland Research representatives will meet Dr. Himanshu Jain, Dr. Masashi Watanabe, and possibly other associates at the Lehigh Microcopy School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Monday, September 18th.

The goal is to discuss how Lehigh University scientists can examine the origins of Mississippi Valley stones that have scripts and drawings. Click here to see the John White Collection.

The names and backgrounds of our representatives.

(1) John Lefgren.
John has a PhD in economic history and has worked with Heartland Research to restore the world’s oldest ship replica. This project has involved hundreds of talented people. The research is followed by hundreds of thousands of people.

(2) Blaise Colasante.
Born and raised in Bethlehem, Blaise has had a life-long fascination with Native American cultures. Civilizations such as Maya, Adena, and Hopewell are particularly interesting. Flint knapper and primitive skills enthusiast, Blaise has been making stone tools for nearly twenty years.

(3) Boyd J. Tuttle.
Boyd graduated from Brigham Young University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. In 1991, he graduated from Lehigh University with a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology. Boyd worked for a Fortune 500 company in Rochester, New York, for 25 years. He has been President and CEO of Digital Legend Press Publishing since 2009.

(4) Chris Finebrock.
Chris is a Hollywood film director. He hired a camera crew to visit the Phoenicia Ship Museum in Iowa, the ancient copper mines in Michigan, and the John White Collection of Stones in Ohio this summer. Hollywood is home to Chris. As a native of this renowned city, he brings to the project the energy and talents of this city. Chris will be in California during our meeting, but he is available for comments.

(5) Brian Nettles.
Ancient languages are Brian’s area of expertise. His knowledge of Egyptian, Hebrew, and Phoenician helps him translate ancient artifacts. Brian is also a skilled codebreaker in addition to deciphering dead languages. Tucson, Arizona, is where he lives. The project depends on Brian. One stone has been translated for the first time by him. A report on his translation can be found here. From Arizona, Brian will be able to participate via telephone.

For our meeting, we are preparing a 10-minute presentation. Then, we will have an open and free discussion about how to define our research goals and how to collaborate.

Currently, we will have two stones with inscriptions and three blank stones. Our meeting will be more meaningful since we will bring these stones to Lehign for their evaluation.

There are 100,000s who are interested in our project. The scientific results of what Lehigh can see under 20 million times magnification will certainly reflect the expertise of world-famous experts.


Lehigh’s $5 million microscope is capable of revealing the atomic structure of materials, thanks to its 20 million times magnification capability.



Like many leaders in this field, Watanabe is influential in the development of sophisticated instrumentation in his lab. Less than two years ago he installed what he calls “tomorrow’s microscope in its current condition.” The University has “the only Atomic Resolution Microscope with advanced aberration corrector and ultrahigh resolution pole piece in the Americas — we can honestly say it’s the best 200 kV microscope in the world.”


Himanshu Jain Diamond Distinguished Chair and Professor; Director, International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass; Director, Institute for Functional Materials & Devices (I-FMD) WILL MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM HEARTLAND RESEARCH.


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HRG History — by Jay Mackley

The Heartland Research Group is a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground organization that believes that the historical narrative of the Book of Mormon took place in the Heartland of North America. The HRG is active in archaeological research and in the acquisition, restoration and display of ancient American artifacts. The HRG is currently preparing an ancient ship replica called the "Phoenicia" for display. The ships construction design is patterned after a shipwreck dating to 600 BC. The Phoenicia ship made modern voyages, first around Africa and then also from the Middle East to Florida in 2019 – proving that voyages around Africa or from Sidon to North America were feasible anciently.

Heartland Research Inc is a 501c3 private operating foundation for archaeological research and to complete preparations for the Phoenicia display. Current plans are for a museum large enough to house the Phoenicia ship and many other ancient artifacts and exhibits from North America. The location of the museum is planned to be in Zarahemla which is Lee County Iowa, near the Mississippi river and east of Nauvoo, Illinois.

Our activities are too many to list, but some recent major expeditions are listed below. Many of these expeditions are open-ended and we expect to continue research in these and other similar activities as time, resources, and volunteers become available. We have dozens of volunteers and hundreds of donors, large and small, but we need many more. Check out the websites listed below for details of Heartland Research Group projects. Our current project is is our biggest yet: to refurbish the Phoenicia ship for display.

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We invite you to support our efforts so we can complete these worthy goals!
If you have skills or knowledge to contribute to our research and discovery projects, please contact us directly to volunteer.

  • What: Sonar scanning of Mississippi between Nauvoo and Keokuk. The purpose of the expedition was to discover a crossing route that ancient people could have taken.
  • Who: Heartland Research Inc volunteers.
  • Where: Between Keokuk and Nauvoo, Iowa.
  • How: Private donations of money, time and equipment.

  • What: Magnetic scanning of 221 acres of farmland near Montrose, Iowa. The purpose of the expedition was the discovery of fire-pits and other evidence of ancient occupation.
  • Who: Members of the Heartland Research Inc, local farmers, volunteers, plus technicians from German company SYNSYS. Signs of habitation were found with magnetometery scanning and then C14 dating.
  • Where: Near Montrose Iowa and between Montrose and Fort Madison Iowa.
  • How: Large and small donations of money, time and equipment.

  • What: A one week seminar in Fort Madison, Iowa with 25+ participants. Included visits to the Putnam museum in Davenport, Iowa. There were twelve presentations on the ancient history and written languages of the upper Mississippi.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc plus presenters and interested attendees.
  • Where: Fort Madison, Iowa.
  • How: Private donations for space, time and lodging.

  • What: Ground penetrating electrical resistivity scanning for building foundations using electrical resistivity equipment from LandVisor.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc and volunteers.
  • Where: Zarahemla in Lee County, Iowa.
  • How: Private donations and ground support.

  • What: Metal analysis for alloy content. Ancient arrow and spearhead found in Wisconsin stream of cast bronze.
  • Who: Heartland Research Group
  • Where: Sample found in Wisconsin stream by scuba diver.
  • How: Private donations for lab analysis.

  • What: High resolution LiDAR scanning by supporter Air Data Solutions of 34,000 acres in Lee County, Iowa and also part of Illinois. The focus was to create high quality digital maps showing the terrain of the land, especially in the foothill areas where large earthworks are found. Discovery of 5-10 miles of ancient earthworks from LiDAR using QGIS and ArcGIS visualization software.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc plus AirData Solutions Inc.
  • Where: Lee County, Iowa and also part of Illinois, covering the much of Nauvoo.
  • How: Private donations for services, data processing, and analysis.

  • What: Commence process of restoring the world's oldest ship replica from 600BC, which has circumnavigated Africa and crossed the Atlantic ocean from the Middle East to America.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc plus volunteers.
  • Where: Lee County, Iowa between Montrose and Fort Madison.
  • How: Private donations for materials, space, and equipment plus donations in labor.

Mission Statement

The Heartland Research Group researches archaeological evidence of the ancient civilizations of America.
Heartland Research Group activities include:

  • Field Research
    Uses archeological techniques and scanning technologies to reveal the remains of ancient civilizations.
  • Ancient Artifacts
    Encourages and facilitate study of ancient North American artifacts, including tablets, tools, weapons, metal works, and other items.
  • Geography
    Research and develop maps, using scanning technologies and other means, to identify the locations and activities of ancient civilizations.
  • Linguistics
    Analyze and translate ancient writings found in North America, especially those relating to other civilizations world wide.
  • Preservation and Display
    Collect, restore, preserve, catalog and exhibit ancient artifacts and replicas, and make them readily available to researchers and viewable to the public.
  • Archaeology, Geology, and History
    Study and research into all aspects archaeology, geology, and history that shed light on ancient North American peoples and cultures.
  • Promotion and Support
    Raise awareness of our activities. Work directly with and support individuals and groups in activities that share our same goals.
The Heartland Research Group welcomes researchers and interested parties of all backgrounds to share their analysis and findings of ancient American heartland civilizations.

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