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  • Mayan 'apocalypse' crop circle appears at Silbury Hill...

    A 350ft crop circle of an ancient Mayan symbol, said to be a sign of an impending apocalypse, has appeared next to Silbury Hill in Wiltshire. The giant pattern - thought to represent a traditional Mayan head-dress - appeared next to the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe last week. Members of the crop circle community believe the mystic symbol is a signal of the end of the 5,126-year Mayan 'Long Count' calendar on December 21, 2012 Karen Alexander, a crop circle enthusiast, said: "This is one of the most interesting crop circles I have ever seen. It is definitely...
  • UAH casts eye on Maya mystery [global warming shills]

    04/20/2009 9:52:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 565+ views
    Huntsville Times ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009 | Lee Roop
    What destroyed the ancient Mayan civilization that built sophisticated calendars and ruled the Yucatan peninsula for millennia? The answer may be as simple as they cut down the trees. That's the theory from new scientific research developed in large part through University of Alabama in Huntsville satellite analysis technology, Vice President for Research Dr. John Horack says. The "satellite archaeology" technology and its uses in Central America were in the briefing package prepared for President Obama to take to the Conference of the Americas summit, Horack said... The Mayan findings will be presented to the Society of American Archaeologists meeting...
  • Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found

    08/15/2008 5:57:23 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 20 replies · 348+ views
    MSNBC via Reuters ^ | Aug. 14, 2008 | Miguel Angel Gutierrez
    Archaeologists discovered maze of stone temples in underground caves MEXICO CITY - Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld.
  • Mayan Apocalypse, 2012

    04/15/2008 7:22:32 PM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 2,526+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 4-14-2008 | By Karl S. Kruszelnicki
    Mayan Apocalypse, 2012 If you observe the ancient Mayan calendar, then your time's running out. Dr Karl has been rummaging through ancient Mayan scribblings that are said to indicate an apocalyptic end by 2012. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki Villagers and tourists celebrate next to the Kukulkan pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula(Source: Victor Ruiz/Reuters) The driver was taking me from Melbourne airport into the city. As we chatted, it came out that he was deeply worried. He had a wife and child, and a new baby on the way - but what was the...
  • Maya Mask Splendor Enhanced With Sparkling Mica ScienceDaily

    01/26/2008 11:01:12 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-27-2008 | Queensland University of Technology.
    Maya Mask Splendor Enhanced With Sparkling Mica ScienceDailyReconstruction of the Rosalila in the Copan museum. The Rosalila is still entombed within another pyramid. Ms Goodall said the mica was applied over the red paint of stucco masks on the corners of Copan's well-preserved Rosalila temple, found buried under another pyramid. (Credit: Dr. Jay Hall) (Jan. 27, 2008) — Ancient Mayan temple builders discovered and used lustrous pigments to make their buildings dazzle in the daylight, a Queensland University of Technology researcher has discovered. Studying tiny shards of paint from the Mayan city of Copan, QUT physical and chemical sciences PhD...
  • Ancient Maya sacrificed boys not virgin girls: study

    01/23/2008 11:00:57 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 74 replies · 6,955+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 | edited by Todd Eastham
    The victims of human sacrifice by Mexico's ancient Mayans, who threw children into water-filled caverns, were likely boys and young men not virgin girls as previously believed, archeologists said on Tuesday... Maya priests in the city of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula sacrificed children to petition the gods for rain and fertile fields by throwing them into sacred sinkhole caves, known as "cenotes." The caves served as a source of water for the Mayans and were also thought to be an entrance to the underworld. Archeologist Guillermo de Anda from the University of Yucatan pieced together the bones of...
  • Mayans to 'purify' sacred site after Bush visit

    03/08/2007 7:25:46 PM PST · by Harrius Magnus · 137 replies · 2,619+ views
    The Jeruselem Post ^ | 03/08/2007 | Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST
    Mayan leaders announced that priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after US President George W. Bush visits next week. "That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a national association of indigenous people and peasant farmers, said Thursday. Bush's seven-day tour of Latin America includes a stopover beginning late Sunday in Guatemala. On Monday morning he is scheduled...
  • (Mayan) Priests to purify site after Bush visit

    03/09/2007 9:24:31 AM PST · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 1,327+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 03/09/07 | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA
    Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday. "That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday. Bush's seven-day tour of Latin America includes a stopover beginning late Sunday...
  • Maya to 'cleanse' sacred site after Bush visit

    03/11/2007 8:52:28 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 21 replies · 602+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2007
    Mayan leaders will spiritually "cleanse" ancient ruins in Guatemala after a visit by US President George Bush, unpopular because of foreign policies going back to Central America's civil wars. The leaders said they would hold a spiritual ceremony to restore "peace and harmony" at the Mayan ruins of Iximche after Bush tours the site on Monday. "No, Mr Bush, you cannot trample and degrade the memory of our ancestors," said indigenous leader Rodolfo Pocop during a press conference. "This is not your ranch in Texas." "We've burned this flag for what the Yankee did all over the world."
  • Mayan Priests To Kill Extra Chickens, Goats, To Purge Country Following Bush Visit

    03/12/2007 2:10:17 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 47 replies · 936+ views
    thenoseonyourface.com ^ | March 12, 2007 | Buckley F. Williams
    President Bush’s most recent trip to Latin America has brought with it the standard anti-U.S. protests. Most of these being nearly identical to the ones that are regularly held on weekdays in the United States where participants are not actually missing work, American flags are lit on fire, and rioters hold poorly spelled signs and scream in broken English. By some estimates, the most recent protest in Bogata drew as many as 250-300 Third Worlders who took time out of their busy schedules of chewing coca leaves, kidnapping for ransom, and playing soccer with rolled up rags on dirt lawns,...
  • Ancient Yucatán Soils Point to Maya Market, and Market Economy

    01/10/2008 3:24:46 AM PST · by restornu · 11 replies · 72+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2008 | By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    The findings, archaeologists say, are some of the first strong evidence that the ancient Maya civilization, at least in places and at certain times, had a market economy similar in some respects to societies today. The conventional view has been that food and other goods in Maya cities were distributed through taxation and tributes controlled by the ruling class. Archaeologists suspected that a wide clearing at the center of the ruins of Chunchucmil might have been a market, not a ritual plaza. Rock alignments peeking above the surface seemed to outline the positions of stalls and regular pathways; the rock...
  • Ancient Mayan Marketplace Discovered

    12/05/2007 9:21:26 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 95+ views
    LiveScience ^ | December 3, 2007 | Andrea Thompson
    Chemical residues found in soil from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula indicate that ancient Mayans traded food in marketplaces, a practice long considered unlikely by archaeologists... [yet] archaeologists have long recognized that the cities were home to more people than the local agricultural capacities could have supported... So for years, archaeologists looked for evidence of advanced farming practices that could have ramped up agricultural capacities beyond what archaeologists can observe, thus sustaining the populations. The idea that Mayans might have imported food and other goods wasn't taken seriously because most archaeologists thought that the Maya elite had a system whereby underlings were...
  • Pre-Mayan cave paintings found in Mexico

    11/17/2007 5:04:54 PM PST · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,252+ views
    Nerve News ^ | 15 Nov 2007 | Nerve News
    Mexican anthropologists have discovered some 5,000-year-old cave paintings predating the Maya civilisation on Yucatan peninsula, Spanish news agency EFE reported. According to Carlos Augusto of the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences at the Autonomous University of the Yucatan, they found some 60 paintings of man-like figures at the Kab cavern situated near the famous Chichen Itza archaeological site. There are also drawings of animal figures, birds or canines, Augusto said. Anthropologists attribute them to the pre-Maya epoch, between 5,000 and 7,000 years ago. Augusto also noted that there are also Mayan 'Ajau' symbols and pottery in the cave from the classical...
  • Mormons, Mayans and Mystery

    11/17/2007 4:58:28 PM PST · by BGHater · 101 replies · 1,412+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 17 Nov 2007 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    The Book of Mormon's version of history continues to be challenged - and championed - by skeptics and faithful LDS biologist Trent Stephens thinks he may have triggered the change in the Book of Mormon's introduction that became public last week. Stephens' efforts came after a lifetime of hearing Mormon leaders and members talk in glowing terms about the link between American Indians and the Book of Mormon's small band of Israelites who sailed from Jerusalem to establish a civilization in the Americas. After centuries of warring among themselves, the book says, the last ones standing were known as "Lamanites."...
  • Bush tour makes stop in Guatemala

    03/12/2007 8:14:58 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 410+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 12, 2007
    Mr Bush will speak about social justice and equality President George W Bush is in Guatemala for a one-day visit, after a stop in Colombia where he pledged his personal support to its fight against drugs. He will discuss security, trade and immigration with Guatemala's president. This is the fourth stop in Mr Bush's tour of Latin America, which has seen protests at every stage. Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, has used a parallel tour of the region to speak out against what he calls the interference of the "American empire". Mr Chavez started his tour last week in Argentina,...
  • Mayan Ruins Said Center Of Mysterious Civilization

    09/09/2006 10:42:41 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 721+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-8-2006 | Science News
    Mayan ruins said center of mysterious civilization Fri Sep 8, 2006 11:43pm ET TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Experts are examining the ruins of a pre-Columbian culture in an area of Honduras where there had been no previous evidence of major indigenous civilization. The site, discovered earlier this year, consists of 14 mounds that form part of what are believed to be ceremonial grounds, the Honduran Institute of Anthropology said. "They are part of a very important site, a governing center of a pre-Columbian civilization," Oscar Neils, the institute's head of research, told Reuters. "We had no idea that there was...
  • Bush Visits Mayan Ruins in Mexico

    03/30/2006 9:50:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 92 replies · 1,500+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/30/06 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    CANCUN, Mexico - On a neighborly sightseeing jaunt Thursday with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, President Bush said the three were working to improve vital relationships that can better the lives of all their people. Mexican President Vicente Fox treated Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to an hour-long tour of the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza before they began two days of talks amid spring breakers in this Caribbean resort city. "This is a good start to a very important series of discussions," Bush said, standing alongside the other two with the massive pyramid called "El...
  • Mayan Underworld Proves Researchers' Dream

    03/20/2006 4:09:06 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 1,297+ views
    Mayan underworld proves researchers' dream By Tim Gaynor Mon Mar 20, 8:49 AM ETReuters Photo: Divers make their way through a freshwater sinkhole, known as a cenote, in Mexico's Yucatan... " TULUM, Mexico (Reuters) - The ancient Maya once believed that Mexico's jungle sinkholes containing crystalline waters were the gateway to the underworld and the lair of a surly rain god who had to be appeased with human sacrifices. Now, the "cenotes," deep sinkholes in limestone that have pools at the bottom, are yielding scientific discoveries including possible life-saving cancer treatments. Divers are dipping into the cenotes, which stud the...
  • How long have the Scientists Known?

    02/03/2006 4:08:01 AM PST · by nextage · 25 replies · 627+ views
    Nextage Mission ^ | 3.02.2006 | nextage
    How long have the scientists known about the predicted pole-shift, expected date and likely causes, outcomes?
  • Oldest Maya Mural Uncovered in Guatemala

    12/13/2005 12:05:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,248+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/13/05 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON - Archaeologist William Saturno said Tuesday he was awe-struck when he uncovered a Maya mural not seen for nearly two millennia. Discovered at the San Bartolo site in Guatemala, the mural covers the west wall of a room attached to a pyramid, Saturno said at a briefing. In brilliant color, the mural tells the Maya story of creation, he said. It was painted about 100 B.C., but later covered when the room was filled in. "It could have been painted yesterday," Saturno said in a briefing organized by the National Geographic Society, which supported his work and will detail...
  • Mass Grave Yields Mayan Secrets (Cancuen - More)

    11/21/2005 5:51:45 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 861+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-21-2005 | Neil Arun
    Mass grave yields Mayan secrets By Neil Arun BBC News A grisly discovery deep in the Guatemalan jungle may cast new light on one of the ancient world's most beguiling mysteries - the collapse of the Mayan civilisation. Images from the Mayan massacre site. A grave containing some 50 bodies, buried in royal finery and bearing the marks of a vicious death, has been perplexing experts since it was unearthed earlier this year. These are not the victims of "random violence", says Arthur A Demarest, the US archaeologist who has spent the best part of a decade fending off drug...
  • Gibson's Mayan Movie Has Insiders Scratching Heads (Update)

    07/26/2005 2:44:24 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 115 replies · 5,154+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 07/26/05 16:50:49 | NewsMax.com
    Mel Gibson had Hollywood insiders scratching their heads when he announced that his film "The Passion of the Christ" would have dialogue only in Latin and Aramaic. Now comes word that the next movie Gibson will direct, "Apocalypto," will be filmed in an obscure Mayan dialect. The movie will star a neophyte cast indigenous to the region of Mexico where Gibson will shoot the film, according to the trade paper Variety, which says it will "presumably" have the "same kind of subtitles Gibson reluctantly added to 'The Passion of the Christ.'" Earlier reports claimed the movie would be set 3,000...
  • Ancient Maya Entrepreneurs Made Salt, Study Finds

    04/05/2005 10:15:38 AM PDT · by anymouse · 18 replies · 3,389+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2005 | Maggie Fox
    Ancient Mayan entrepreneurs working along the coast of what is now Belize distilled salt from seawater and paddled it to inland cities in canoes, all without government control, researchers reported on Monday. They found evidence of 41 saltworks on a single coastal lagoon and the remains of a 1,300-year-old wooden canoe paddle. Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows the extent of trade just before the Mayan civilization in that region mysteriously fell apart. "The discovery of the saltworks indicates that there was extensive production and distribution of goods and resources outside the cities...
  • Mayan Queen's Tomb Found In Rain Forest

    05/06/2004 3:52:59 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 411+ views
    The State ^ | 5-6-2004 | Jamie Stengle
    Posted on Thu, May. 06, 2004 Mayan Queen's Tomb Found in Rain Forest JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS - While excavating an ancient royal palace deep in the Guatemalan rain forest, archaeologists made a rare discovery - the 1,200-year-old tomb and skeleton of a Mayan queen. Archaeologists announced the find Thursday, and said the woman appears to have been a powerful leader of a city that may have been home to tens of thousands of people at its peak. They found her bones on a raised platform, with evidence of riches scattered around her body. "We find clues of people's...
  • How Weather Brought Down Mayan Empire

    01/12/2003 11:28:32 AM PST · by blam · 63 replies · 2,086+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-12-2003 | Robin McKie
    How weather brought down Mayan empire Robin McKie, science editor Sunday January 12, 2003 The Observer Climate change is inevitable, unpredictable, and has been responsible for bringing down some of the world's greatest civilisations. Soon it may do the same to ours. That is the conclusion of researchers who have found that the Mayans - whose empire reached its peak around 700AD - were destroyed because central America was afflicted by a 200-year drought. The discovery has been made by the American archaeologist Richardson Gill, who argues that the Mayans - famed for their massive stepped pyramids and astronomy -...
  • Professor Says Mayan Calendar Does Not Portend Earth's Doom (2012AD)

    01/01/2003 3:18:59 PM PST · by blam · 71 replies · 4,351+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | 1-1-2003 | Steve Reeves
    Professor says Mayan calendar does not portend Earth’s doom By Steve Reeves January 01, 2003 TUSCALOOSA | Does our planet have only a scant 10 more years of existence left? Some people believe the ancient Mayan calendar suggests the end of the world will come on Dec. 21, 2012. But University of Alabama professor Enrique Gomez is not among them. “The world won’t end in 2012," laughed Gomez, who teaches in UA’s astronomy and physics department. “I can assure you of that." Gomez, a native of Mexico City, said he is much more interested in Mayan culture and how the...