This is the oldest Maya Calendar Ever Discovered
For years, archaeologists have referred to an ancient set of texts known as the Maya codices to study that ancient civilization's relationship with astronomy and time. But now, a team of archaeologists has discovered a set of murals, hieroglyphs, and astronomical calendars deep in the rainforests of Guatemala, that predate those texts by hundreds of years.
Oh, and check your 2012 conspiracies at the door. According to these newly discovered charts, the Maya were in it for the long-haul.
"Baktun 14, Baktun 15, Baktun 16 were all going to be coming," said Stuart. "The Maya calendar is going to keep going, and keep going for billions, trillions, octillions of years into the future. A huge number that we can't even wrap our heads around."
Saturno echoed Stuart's sentiments.
"The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this."
"We keep looking for endings. The Maya were looking for a guarantee that nothing would change. It's an entirely different mindset."
The researcher's findings are published in today's issue of Science. The findings will also be presented in next month's issue of National Geographic.