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|Title||Izapa Stela 5 and the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Magazine Article|
|Year of Publication||1961|
|Authors||Jakeman, M. Wells|
|Date Published||December 1961|
|Keywords||Archaeology; Izapa Stela 5; Mesoamerica; Tree of Life|
A representation of the “tree of life” was found in a carving on a large stone monument in Southern Mexico at the ruin site of Izapa. It was the fifth of carved stone slabs located in the temple courts. The art style is pre-Mayan. It appears to represent two cherubim or Near Eastern-type figures, six figures that surround the tree, and a river of water. Two name glyphs were discovered and translated into the names Lehi and Nephi.
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