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Maya Mural Contradicts 2012 "Doomsday" Myth

 
 
Reply Fri 11 May, 2012 08:55 pm
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Erik Vance in Xultún, Guatemala

for National Geographic News

Updated 5:28 p.m. ET, May 10, 2012

In the last known largely unexcavated Maya megacity, archaeologists have uncovered the only known mural adorning an ancient Maya house, a new study says—and it's not just any mural.


In addition to a still vibrant scene of a king and his retinue, the walls are rife with calculations that helped ancient scribes track vast amounts of time. Contrary to the idea the Maya predicted the end of the world in 2012, the markings suggest dates thousands of years in the future.


Perhaps most important, the otherwise humble chamber offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Maya society. (Video: "Mysterious Maya Calendar & Mural Uncovered.")

"The paintings we have here—we've never found them anyplace else," excavation leader William Saturno told National Geographic News.

And in today's Xultún—to the untrained eye, just 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of jungle floor—it's a wonder Saturno's team found the artwork at all.

At the Guatemalan site in 2010 the Boston University archaeologist and Ph.D. student Franco Rossi were inspecting a looters' tunnel, where an undergraduate student had noticed the faintest traces of paint on a thin stucco wall.


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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2012 10:21 pm
Odd they make the discovery this of all years.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2012 10:48 pm
@edgarblythe,
so we're not all gonna die now?
roger
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2012 10:55 pm
@Rockhead,
wrong, depending on exactly what you mean by 'now'.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2012 11:58 pm
@Rockhead,
Rockhead wrote:

so we're not all gonna die now?


Oh, we're gonna die all right. The Maya just aren't sure when. Neither am I.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 12 May, 2012 02:19 am
I predict that ever' last one of us will die . . . unfortunately, the fulfillment of my prophecy will leave no one to gloat at and no one to gloat.
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Rickoshay75
 
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Reply Tue 19 Jun, 2012 03:43 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Lustig Andrei wrote:

Rockhead wrote:

so we're not all gonna die now?


Oh, we're gonna die all right. The Maya just aren't sure when. Neither am I.


Probably after we run out of oil, coal and drinking water
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