Over the previous summer I took a three week summer course in the Science of Archeology. It was an indepth look at how archeology goes beyond simple field work to identifying age of items and their probable usage.
It is fascinating stuff as long as you can tolerate a lot of very technical information, such as how they trace proteins, carbon, dendro dating and the various ways they tease items to react with dating. Weird stuff like teeth Dentine and crystalization of teeth can tell a lot about a person’s local and where they may have come from. It is the periodic table kind of stuff. (being truthful i slept through some of it because of how boring it got)
However one thing that struck me was the way DNA was chased, specifically in the case of Native Americans. So finding these two links has been pretty fascinating. They offer no proof of Lehi yet they lead to some tantilizing ideas which certainly could be used to put the DNA antis on their heels.
Have a read I think you will agree while neither is fast proof of anything, and in fact are arguable they do lead to some fascinating questions. Of course the likelihood of finding Lehi, Nephi or anyone from the first generation and tracking their origin is nil. yet it is an interesting idea…