Relax: The World is Not Scheduled to End December 2012

May 11th, 2012
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Econintersect: It has long been thought that the Mayan calendar did not extend maya-maskSMALLbeyond December 2012. New archeological finds now say differently. Archaeologists have discovered what appears to be the workshop for the preparation of Mayan calendars and the markings on the walls show that the Mayan “time Keepers” had a view of time that extended far beyond the December 2012 end of the current calendar cycle. The research was led by William Saturno of Boston University and was supported by The National Geographic Society. The excavations have been made in the remote and little explored Mayan site named Xultun in the Peten region of Guatemala. Click on caption graphic for larger image of Mayan Jaguar mask.

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The picture above shows William Saturno at the excavation site. Many more pictures and an short National Geographic video are available at MSN. The research results have been reported in the May 2012 issue of Science and will be the subject of a feature article in the June issue National Geographic Magazine.

To all the friends of Global Economic Intersection who planned to gather in Guatemala for the end of the world in December, you can still go to celebrate the start of the 14th Baktun of the Mayan calendar system and welcome the start of another 144,000 day cycle.

The authors of the Science article are William A. Saturno, David Stuart, Anthony Aveni and Franco Rossi.

John Lounsbury


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  1. Derryl Hermanutz says :

    I've read that the Mayan calendar tracks the "year" of our solar system's revolutions around the Milky Way galactic core. On this view, Dec. 21/12 marks the date our solar system crosses the galactic equator. I'm not sure which direction we are rotating so I'm unsure of the "orientation", but on Dec. 21 we move from the northern galactic hemisphere to the southern, or vice versa. Some suggest a magnetic pole reversal acccompanies this transition. Laviolette (Earth Under Fire; Cosmogenesis) believes we're in for stormy galactic weather of the kind that may have initiated what appears to be a fire-flood episode 12,700 years ago (cosmic dust forced by galactic core events, overwhelming the heliopause, and blowing that dust into the sun where it first obscures the sun in a period of darkness, then flares like throwing coal dust on a fire: the solar flares scorch Earth and flash melt the glaciers unleashing 1000' high 1000 mph glacier waves. So Earth gets burnt then washed clean. That's Laviolette's theory).

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