PROVO — A carved throne from an area preserved as a national archaeological park in Guatemala City could well depict Book of Mormon characters. So believes Bruce Warren, one of the foremost scholars of Mesoamerican archaeology and its relationship to the Book of Mormon.
Warren will speak about the carved throne, known as Stele 10, in a lecture Wednesday, March 12, in Bullock Room 309 at the Provo City Library. A donation of $5 is requested.
Warren obtained his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 1978. He lived in southern Mexico for nine years while researching sites for the New World Archaeological Foundation and has been sharing his knowledge at BYU for nearly three decades.
Warren says the throne, found at Kaminaljuyu in Guatemala’s capital city, dates to 147 B.C., the time when the reign of wicked King Noah and his son King Limhi take place in the Book of Mormon.
“It is probably one of the most important pieces of evidence identifying not only a couple of characters in the Book of Mormon, but locating where they lived,” says Warren. His lecture will discuss the parallels between the stone — misnamed Stele 10, but actually a throne, he notes — and events in the Book of Mormon.
The carvings depict two royal figures, the one on the left with his crown upside down, signifying . A fire glyph may symbolize by fire. At the lower right, a second figure kneels, indicating a successor. Other elements include calendar dates and glyphs.
The Ancient America Foundation, which is sponsoring the lectures the second Wednesday of each month, agrees with other scholars that Kaminaljuyu is the foremost candidate for the City of Nephi spoken of in the Book of Mormon. The area has been preserved as a national archaeological park.
For more information about the foundation and its research, see www.ancientamerica.org.