Ancient Mayan Newsflash: The World is Not Going to End in December

We can all breathe easier on this score, according to a recent find at Xultan, in northeast Guatemala.  Archeologists discovered a wall in a small room that seems to have functioned as a blackboard for Mayan astronomers.  The 1200 year old calculations represent the oldest known Mayan astronomical tables, suggesting a future at least 6,000 years long.

Courtesty, National Geographic.

“Why would they go into those numbers if the world is going to come to an end this year?” asked Anthony Aveni of Colgate University, an expert on Mayan astronomy.  Aveni and others published their findings Friday, in the journal, Science.

Independent researchers call the find very significant.  The results of Mayan calculations of moon phases and the position of the Sun, Mars, and Venus were known from public monuments, but up until now, the means of calculation were unknown.  Aveni suggests the scribes may have been  “geeks … who just got carried away with doing these kinds of computations and calculations…”

Rain forest location of the find – Courtesy National Geographic.

At the end of the year, when we no longer have the the elections to worry about, and all your friends are starting to think of apocalypse, you can tell them about the Mayan geeks, and suggest they chill.

You can read more about the find here: http://tinyurl.com/cw4aqzx

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9 Responses to Ancient Mayan Newsflash: The World is Not Going to End in December

  1. complynn says:

    I laughed at this, but truth told, I’m kinda relieved to think that the Mayans also had geeky folks running doomsday calculations just for the fun of it.

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  2. JT says:

    I guess I can cancel that parachuting trip.
    By the way Morgan, I am still trying to connect the dots on a comment you left regarding the three stooges. Would you be so kind to explain it to me … sorry sometimes I am a little slow on the uptake 🙂

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  3. Rosi says:

    A little behind on my reading here. I saw the articles about this and was reminded of how silly I thought the whole brouhaha was about the 2012 calender thingy. Good to know the Geeks are in charge.

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