- Posted May 10, 2012 by
Mayan Astronomers' Workshop Found!
A workshop that was used by the ancient Mayans in northern Guatemala has been found. So much for the rumor the world will end December 21st per the Mayan calendar. At least that's what the researchers say.
According to the researchers what has been uncovered indicates that the Mayans were calculating much farther into the future that just 2012.
Archaeologists have found a small room in Mayan ruins where royal scribes apparently used walls like a blackboard to keep track of astronomical records and the society's intricate calendar some 1,200 years ago.
The walls reveal the oldest known astronomical tables from the Maya. Scientists already knew they must have been keeping such records at that time, but until now the oldest known examples dated from about 600 years later.
Astronomical records were key to the Mayan calendar, which has gotten some attention recently because of doomsday warnings that it predicts the end of the world this December. Experts say it makes no such prediction. The new finding provides a bit of backup: The calculations include a time span longer than 6,000 years that could extend well beyond 2012.
"Why would they go into those numbers if the world is going to come to an end this year?" observed Anthony Aveni of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., an expert on Mayan astronomy. "You could say a number that big at least suggests that time marches on."
I am a sucker for history. The more we delve into the past, the more we know about today and tomorrow.
From the Cornfield, sorry, but we'll still be filling out tax forms next year it looks like.