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Newly-Discovered Mayan Calendar Says The World Won’t End In 2012
By Anthea Quay, 11 May 2012
Rejoice, for the world will continue past 2012!
Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest-known Mayan calendar to date, that throws the apocalypse myth out of the window.
In a recently-unexcavated Maya megacity, a mural found in an ancient Maya house, full of drawings and calculations—that helped ancient scribes track vast amounts of time—is said to predict the end of the world thousands of years into the future.
“The paintings we have here—we’ve never found them anyplace else,” William Saturno, excavation leader and Boston University archaeologist, told National Geographic News.
Saturno first noticed the paint of the calendar in 2010 at a Mayan archaeology site in Guatemala.
Together with PhD student Franco Rossi, he started clearing off the 1,200-year-old mud to reveal the well-preserved mural.
David Stuart, University of Texas archaeologist and Maya expert, told LiveScience: “The Mayan calendar is going to keep going for billions, trillions, octillions of years into the future. Numbers we can’t even wrap our heads around.”
Looks like nothing much will change, and we can keep our ‘Just In Case’ kit for future generations.
At least we’d be able to get Marty McFly’s sneakers and hovering hover boards in 2015.
[via National Geographic]
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