Newly Found Mayan Calendar Goes Far Beyond 2012

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World to end on December 21st, 5012? Brian Vastag writes in the Washington Post:

The ancient Mayans were masters of time, keepers of good calendars. And now we have one of their timekeepers’ workrooms to prove it.

In a striking find, archaeologists in Guatemala report the discovery of a small building whose walls display  calendars that destroy any notion that the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012. This calendar spans some 7,000 years — heading much farther into the future than the supposed doomsday date.

The newly found calendars, which track the motion of the moon, Venus and Mars, provide an unprecedented glimpse into how these storied sky-gazers — who dominated Central America for nearly 1,000 years — kept such accurate track of months, seasons and years.

“What they’re trying to do is understand the large cycles of cosmic time,” said William Saturno, the Boston University archaeologist who led the expedition. “This is the space they’re doing it in. It’s like looking into da Vinci’s workshop.”

Read More: Washington Post

28 Comments on "Newly Found Mayan Calendar Goes Far Beyond 2012"

  1. MadHierophant | May 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm |

    Stop ruining the end of The Invisibles, ancient Mayans! 🙁

  2. It was never a doomsday date. thats the problem with this topic. people dont know what they are talking about. The 2012 date is a shift, a change of season. It is not the end of the world. 

  3. We’re all going to die!

  4. Mayan Scholars unanimously reject 2012 Prophecy as a bastardization of their culture and insult to their teachings. There isn’t anything about 2012 that’s Mayan, it’s just a largely dead culture that New Age authors could further insult by blending Gregorian, Mayan and the 13 moon Calendars to calculate (always with grade school math) a date for that wacky Biblical “Armageddon”.

    IT’S ABOUT SELLING BOOKS, VIDEOS AND SEATS AT LECTURE HALLS !

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | May 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

      How about talking to some actual Mayans before claiming that they are a dead culture and that 2012 has no relevance. Scholars rejecting 2012 prophecy is alot different than them rejecting that 2012 has an important meaning in Mayan culture.

    • You are the living embodiment of a little knowledge is dangerous.  Don’t be so cynical.  As Monkey See… says, you should do more actual research from actual Mayan scholars such as John Major Jenkins.  The snake oil salesman are out in force about this topic but aren’t they always about any subject?  The whole end of the world scenario was never a realistic one if you studied a bit what the Mayan culture and their cosmology was about.  It’s superficial and predictible to believe the world will be destroyed simply because of the end date to the long count calendar (Dec 21, 2012).

      The timing of this end date, despite it not being about an armaggedon, doesn’t preclude the idea that something is happening in the world at a fundamental level.  The escalated weather phenomenoa around the globe, the traditional power structures getting toppled or challenged, an increase in spiritual and non denominational belief, the interconnection of our entire globe via the internet and a general sense (mine admittedly) that people are being prodded and pushed to make changes and shift their perceptions about many things and more, all seem to be making our world a significantly different experience than it has been. 

      • John Major Jenkins, is an American author and independent researcher not a Mayan Scholar … thank you for proving my point. In Marketing and Advertising you’re whats called a “Target  Demographic”.

        • and what exactly would you call somone who’s studied Mayan culture and cosmology for the duration of their career, a moonlighter?  Sorry, but semantics aside, JMJ is a scholar.  Perhaps you don’t agree with his studies but your cynicism hardly proves your point. 

  5. Mosesrosa | May 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

    Only God knows the day and the hour!! We must be ready!

  6. Hadrian999 | May 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm |

    dammit, I thought we were finally get to put this mayan 2012 prophesy to bed this year

  7. The only thing to get is money | May 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    December 2012 don’t mean shit! It aint gonna be the end of the world, it aint even gonna be a “big shift” or “change in consciousnesses” whatever the fuck that means. When the time rolls around it just gonna be another muhfuckin day on this mufuckin planet.

  8. honestthought | May 12, 2012 at 1:17 am |

    the tablet looks like something Fisher price would sell.

  9. And if you pull a string, they guy in the middle spins around, and then it makes an animal sound. 

  10. Anonymous | May 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm |

    William Saturno, disinformation specialist, Washington D.C.  Why is this info coming from Washington D.C. instead of scientific circles?  Only Anonymous knows!.  We are legion.  We do not forget.  We do not forgive, or something like that.  Dec 21, 2012 is chaos day!  Disinformation specialists from Washington, or not!

  11. DeepCough | May 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm |

    Anyone ever come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, the Mayan Calendar will only affect the Mayans, not the entire world?

  12. aint over till its over | May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am |

    only the media talks about the world actually ending i hope that doinky little toy isnt their evidence lol. In actuality, ppl expect a significant change but not the end of the world. But hey we’ll find out for sure whos right and wrong

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