I recently watched The History Channel’s special “The Maya: Death Empire” in which Dr. Stephen Houston of Brown University was quoted very extensively throughout. One notable quote is found near the very end of the program:
“Maya archaeology is just beginning. There are innumerable cities, innumerable temples, innumerable settlements that we have not been able to study and excavate.”
Clearly, the deadline for discovering proof for the Book of Mormon has not passed.
After looking into his CV it appears that Dr. Houston taught for a number of years at BYU. According to LDS Mesoamerican archaeologist Brant Gardner, Dr. Houston is not LDS despite his history at BYU. When asked about Houston’s remarks, Gardner responded:
“I do not know him personally, but I do know that he is very well respected, and not LDS. He is one of Mark Wright’s advisors. As for the point that there is much that is yet to be discovered, I doubt that point would be in debate among any Mesoamericanist.”
21 July 2008 on MADB
Here is another quote, this time from Michael Coe:
“Nonetheless, our knowledge of ancient Maya thought must represent a tiny fraction of the whole picture. Much is lost, and images on painted ceramics imply how much has disappeared….Even more heartbreaking is the loss of thousands of books, in which the full extent of learning and ritual was recorded…Only four codices have survived to modern times (imagine if all that posterity knew of ourselves were to be based upon three prayer books and Pilgrim’s Progress).”
Michael D. Coe, The Maya, London: Thames and Hudson, 9th edition, 2015, Kindle file, location 3591 of 7733.