|Huimanguillo Area, El Cayo, and Yaxchilan|
|Yaxchilan inside a large river meander|
Other important sites near Yaxchilan
|Fortified border between Piedras Negras & Yaxchilan|
Could Yaxchilan have been the city of Zarahemla? No. It does not meet many Book of Mormon textual requirements. See the article entitled "Zarahemla" in this blog. The best current thinking puts Yaxchilan on the northern edge of the land of Melek. See the blog article entitled "Melek." Could Nephites have once lived at Yaxchilan? Of course. We know that Nephites and non-Nephites lived together in other communities Alma 8:20. We also know that the Nephites perceived themselves as settlers inhabiting large extensions of territory on a continental scale Mosiah 27:6, Alma 22:29, Helaman 3:8, Helaman 11:20, Mormon 1:7. If our proposed correlation for the local land of Zarahemla is accurate, Mormon himself as an eleven-year-old youth Mormon 1:6 was only about 100 air kilometers from Yaxchilan in A.D. 322. 37 years later, Yaxchilan's first Maya king was crowned.