Monday, January 20, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Mayan calendar - world doesn't end in 2012

Posted on Friday, 11 May, 2012 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: sxc.hu

 
The oldest ever Mayan calendar has been unearthed by archaeologists at the Xultun ruins in Guatemala.

For years the fact that the Mayan calendar appears to end in 2012 has lead many people to believe that it marks a prediction for the end of the world. The new discovery however has helped to rule out that the Mayans ever intended to make such a prediction, instead their calendar system revolves around cycles that when combined provide dates that stretch over 7,000 years in to the future.

"The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this," said Dr. William Saturno. "We keep looking for endings. The Maya were looking for a guarantee that nothing would change. It's an entirely different mindset."

"Archaeologists working at the Xultun ruins of the Mayan civilisation have reported striking finds, including the oldest-known Mayan astronomical tables."

  View: Full article

 Source: BBC News


  Discuss: View comments (68)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #59 Posted by jgorman628 on 5 June, 2012, 14:57
Fairly positive that most modern calenders end once a year. Most of us still wake up on the first day of the new year, a bit groggy, but alive.
Comment icon #60 Posted by _Only on 5 June, 2012, 15:08
Fairly positive that most modern calenders end once a year. Most of us still wake up on the first day of the new year, a bit groggy, but alive. To be fair, I think their astrological calendars and texts went a bit deeper than our modern listing of Sunday to Saturdays in meaning.
Comment icon #61 Posted by Mikko-kun on 5 June, 2012, 19:41
Only, true, but our astrology goes FAR deeper than theirs, because due to internet and whatnot we have the possibilities to combine all the old knowledge and add it to current intuitions of whoever choose to study them. Plus our current math system should be more efficient to count any effects, although when it comes to astrology you can easily deal with basic math.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 20 June, 2012, 2:40
And our calendar ends on December 31, too. then we start over. what's so hard about that?
Comment icon #63 Posted by Ryinrea on 1 July, 2012, 16:11
I would assume ending a cycle at a certin year means a great change is to come in that year not the end of the world. Also, no mater if its the year 2012 or 2220 each year will have a great impact on human history, which the Maya understood this line of thinking thus making their calenders cycles. Thus also helping with farming and other needs that a calender provids.
Comment icon #64 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 1 July, 2012, 17:04
That whole 2012 end of the world stuff.. I don't see how anyone can be so gullible or ignorant to buy into it. Interesting to read about this, though.
Comment icon #65 Posted by robertritch15 on 3 July, 2012, 11:38
enjoy this year. science and spirituality both have their own theory. but i think it is not the end on 21st. it will new begining. but still we are little bit worried about it. to clear your all doubt and know more about it . visit: http://www.2012december21st.com/
Comment icon #66 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 3 July, 2012, 12:30
Comment icon #67 Posted by _Only on 3 July, 2012, 18:16
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s2Ji_t5vLbA/T6UCyya3JhI/AAAAAAAAHgc/dwxIWZ9DeGA/s1600/Not+the+End+of+the+World.gif lol
Comment icon #68 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 3 July, 2012, 18:18
We all know the world doesn't end, but we also know that **** could still hit the fan in many ways. There's been a gradual increase in global tensions over the past couple of years, things may get real interesting towards this winter, and next year.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Are UFOs piloted by humans from the future ?
1-20-2020
Is it possible that unidentified flying objects are piloted, not by aliens, but by our own future descendants ?
SpaceX rocket explodes as part of abort test
1-20-2020
The firm deliberately destroyed the rocket as part of its preparations for sending astronauts up to the ISS.
'Alien warehouse' Hangar 18 - does it exist ?
1-20-2020
Rumors about a secretive hangar at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been circulating for decades.
Mystery as pigeon spotted wearing a sombrero
1-19-2020
Last month it was pigeons wearing cowboy hats - now it's pigeons wearing sombreros. But who is responsible ?
Other news in this category
Great Pyramid's hidden chamber set for re-scan
Posted 1-14-2020 | 185 comments
Researchers from Japan will be conducting new scans in an effort to confirm the presence of a hidden chamber....
 
Assyrians blamed demon 'Bennu' for epilepsy
Posted 1-5-2020 | 25 comments
A clay tablet has been found to depict a demon that the ancient Assyrians believed was responsible for seizures....
 
Grave of real-life Amazon warriors discovered
Posted 1-2-2020 | 21 comments
Far from being the stuff of fiction, the warrior women of ancient Greek lore may have been the real deal....
 
What really became of the Knights Templar ?
Posted 12-31-2019 | 8 comments
This enigmatic order has remained at the center of conspiracy theories and historical debates for centuries....
 
Table that held the Ark of the Covenant found ?
Posted 12-20-2019 | 17 comments
The stone table was found within an ancient temple unearthed approximately 20km west of Jerusalem....
 
Ancient Egyptians really did wear head cones
Posted 12-15-2019 | 3 comments
Archaeologists have discovered two skeletons wearing the head cones often depicted in ancient Egyptian art....
 
Celtic warrior unearthed in major Iron Age find
Posted 12-10-2019 | 5 comments
Archaeologists in England are hailing the discovery as one of the most significant finds of the millennium....
 
Men jailed after unearthing $15M Viking treasure
Posted 11-24-2019 | 115 comments
Two metal detectorists in the UK have been jailed after trying to sell a $15M Viking hoard of gold and silver....
 
3D images of 'Noah's Ark' set to be revealed
Posted 11-21-2019 | 34 comments
A Turkish ark-hunter has captured new subterranean images of what he believes to be the real Noah's Ark....
 
143 new Nazca geoglyphs discovered in Peru
Posted 11-19-2019 | 25 comments
Researchers have used an artificial intelligence to identity previously unseen drawings on the desert floor....
 
Ancient skeletons found wearing 'skull helmets'
Posted 11-18-2019 | 21 comments
The skeletons of two infants unearthed in Ecuador were found to be wearing helmets made from other skulls....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ