a new discovery indicates the date the mayan calendar comes to an end

Year 2012

Published on January 21st, 2013


A new discovery indicates the date the Mayan calendar comes to an end!

Until lately, only one Mayan document announces this year’s winter solstice (meaning 21 December 2012) as the date the Mayan calendar ends. Now, researchers have discovered a new Maya text confirming this date as the last of the Mayan calendar. Experts say that the hieroglyphics found in archaeological excavations in Guatemala is one of the most important discoveries of recent decades.

Researchers say, however, that the Mayans thought that this date is not end of the world, as some people believe today. “This text speaks rather about the political situation at that time, not a prophecy. New evidence suggests that on the day 13 bak’tun discovered was, indeed, a milestone that was to be celebrated by Mayan. However, they are not any apocalyptic prophecy about this”, said Marcello Canuto, director of Tulane University Middle American Research Institute and one of the coordinators of archaeological excavations in the site La Corona in Guatemala.

New Age believers consider that on December 21, 2012 has a significant importance, considering that many forthcoming global spiritual event or apocalyptic one. So far there is only one archaeological evidence which mention this date, the monument discovered in Tortuguero, Mexico, the date of 669 AD

Now, the date is confirmed by the discovery of a block marked with hieroglyphics in Mayan ruins in La Corona, Guatemala. Inscriptions discovered refer to the most important Mayan ruler at the time, Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk ‘. King, also known as the Jaguar Paw, try to strengthen the loyalty of subjects having lost a major battle. To this end, the king has assumed the “leader of the 13 k’atun” - k’atun is a time unit Mayan calendar, a k’atun is equal to 7,200 days (almost 20 years). King was the leader of Mayans at the closing of the 13th century k’atun in 692 AD. Therefore, to look to the future king alluded to another important cycle time - bak’tun. A bak’tun is 144,000 days and the end of the 13th bak’tun will take place on December 21, 2012.

A detailed look at the carvings on Block 5, found at La Corona in Guatemala. The carvings tell a political history of the city and its allies and enemies.
CREDIT: David Stuart

“What this shows us is that when Mayans reached a crisis, the calendar was used to promote continuity and stability, not to predict apocalypse” said Canuto. “On this inscription Maya region was gripped by political turmoil, as the king was forced to hint at a more important time cycle, and this cycle is going to end in 2012″, said David Stuart, one of first archaeologists who explored the site.

The site was discovered inscription, La Corona, began to be studied by modern archaeologists until the last 15 years. The discovery made by specialists is considered extremely important, notice of which was made in the National Palace in Guatemala.

Sources: LiveScience, Tulane University

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