Izapa: An Introduction to the Ruins and Monuments. Gareth W. Lowe, Thomas LeeJr., and Eduardo Martinez Espinosa. Papers of the New World Archaeological. : Izapa: An Introduction to the Ruins and Monuments.: Journals, Mesoamerica, Native Americans. Papers of the New World Archaeological. Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation; Number Thirty-One; Izapa: An Introduction to the Ruins and Monuments; By Garth W. Lowe, Thomas A.

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Izapa Stela 5 is one of a number of large, carved stelae found in the ancient Mesoamerican site of Izapain the Soconusco region of ChiapasMexico along the present-day Guatemalan border.

Also known as the “Tree of Life” stone, [3] it appears to illustrate a Mesoamerican creation myth. Documented by Smithsonian archaeologist Matthew W.

Stirling inStela 5 is composed of volcanic andesite and weighs around one-and-a-half tons. Like much of Izapan monumental sculpture, the subject matter of Stela 5 is considered mythological and religious in nature [6] and is executed with a stylized opulence.


Given the multiple overlapping scenes, it appears to be a narrative.

Mesoamerican researchers monumenfs the central image as a Mesoamerican world treeconnecting the sky above and the water or underworld below. Linda Schele and Mary Ellen Miller further propose that the stela records a creation myth, with barely formed humans emerging from a hole drilled into the tree’s left side.

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The associated seated figures are completing these humans in various ways. Based on parallels with traditions originating in the Old World, a few researchers have linked the riins to theories of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. Wells Jakeman proposed that the image was a representation introductiion a tree of life vision found in the Book of Mormon. The carving was also proposed by pre-Columbian contact theorist Ivan van Sertima as supporting an African origin of the Olmecs.

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Brigham Young University, Provo. GarthIzapa Sculpture, Part 1: Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation Schele, Linda ; Mary Ellen Miller The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art. African Presence in Early America.


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