Oldest Mayan calendar known to man discovered
Who knows what a Mayan calendar is? You’re probably going to love this then. According to researchers, a woman roaming through a rainforest in Guatemalan has discovered what has been identified as the oldest Mayan calendar known to modern day man.
The calendar which is written in hieroglyphs, and features a picture of a king and his mysterious attendants hasn’t yet fully been deciphered but researchers at the Univ. of Texas say that the calendar itself measured time in chunks of 400 years, or as the Mayan’s would’ve called them ‘baktuns’.
Baktuns were something the ancient Mayans used to discuss ‘years’ or simply time’. The Mayan way of talking about time is actually why people are so hyped about an alleged ‘end of the world’ on Dec. 21st 2012, because on that day the Mayan calendar actually ends and restarts after completing a cycle of 13 baktuns.
- Archaeologists Find Oldest Known Mayan Calendar (science.slashdot.org)
- 2012 not end of world for Mayans after all (terradaily.com)
- Oldest Mayan calendar found, and it goes way beyond Dec. 12, 2012 (csmonitor.com)
- LiveScience.com – Nevermind The Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found – 10 May 2012 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- No hint of world’s end in oldest Mayan calendar (abc.net.au)