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  • UCSB Archaeologist Disputes Common Belief About Collapse of Maya Civilization

    12/19/2009 7:43:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies · 1,356+ views
    University of California, Santa Barbara ^ | December 9, 2009 | Journal of Ethnobiology UCSB, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
    ...Anabel Ford, an archaeologist at UC Santa Barbara and director of the university's MesoAmerican Research Center, suggests... that the forest gardens cultivated by the Maya demonstrate their great appreciation for the environment. Her findings are published in the current issue of the Journal of Ethnobiology in an article titled "Origins of the Maya Forest Garden: Maya Resource Management." ...The ancient Maya, who farmed without draft animals or plows, and had access only to stone tools and fire, followed what Ford calls the "milpa cycle." It is an ancient land use system by which a closed canopy forest is transformed into...
  • If the world ends, can you still return gifts?

    12/18/2009 5:05:55 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 470+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | 12/18/2009 | Donnie Johnston
    COME MONDAY, it is three years and counting. Three years till what? Three years until the end of the world! You didn't know that? Where have you been? Dec. 21, 2012--a Friday. That's the big day. The Mayans have supposedly predicted that this is when the end will come, and so have several other previous cultures. Why, even that old soothsayer Nostradamus is said to have determined that this date will mark the end of time. Of course, that makes me a little wary, because nobody seems to recognize Nostradamus' predictions until after they happen. After the Sept. 11, 2001,...
  • "Of Mayans and Millerites: 2012, 1844, and 2009" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year)

    11/21/2009 8:37:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 15 replies · 668+ views
    Charles Henrickson's blog at the Wittenberg Trail ^ | November 22, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Of Mayans and Millerites: 2012, 1844, and 2009” (Mark 13:24-37)There’s a new movie out called “2012,” maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s about an enormous, earth-shaking event that will take place in the year 2012. No, it’s not a fantasy about my Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series. No, nothing as far-fetched as that. Rather, “2012” is a big-budget disaster movie about the end of the world. I haven’t seen it, and I’m not planning on seeing it, but from what I can tell, it’s your standard end-of-the-world movie: Big cataclysmic disaster coming, worldwide destruction, some time to get...
  • Divers probe Mayan ruins submerged in Guatemala lake

    11/01/2009 5:36:13 AM PST · by Frenchtown Dan · 24 replies · 1,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/09 | Sarah Grainger
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Scuba divers are exploring the depths of a volcanic lake in Guatemala to find clues about an ancient sacred island where Mayan pilgrims flocked to worship before it was submerged by rising waters.
  • Divers probe Mayan ruins submerged in Guatemala lake

    10/31/2009 1:11:54 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 1,057+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 30, 2009 | Sarah Grainger
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Scuba divers are exploring the depths of a volcanic lake in Guatemala to find clues about an ancient sacred island where Mayan pilgrims flocked to worship before it was submerged by rising waters. Samabaj, the first underwater archaeological ruins excavated in Guatemala, were discovered accidentally 12 years ago by a diver exploring picturesque Lake Atitlan, ringed by Mayan villages and popular with foreign tourists. "No one believed me, even when I told them all about it. They just said 'he's mad'," said Roberto Samayoa, a businessman and recreational diver who grew up near the lake where...
  • 2012 Doomsday Not Likely, Mayans Insist

    10/21/2009 11:40:24 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 40 replies · 1,382+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 12 Oct 2009 | Mark Stevenson
    2012 Doomsday Not Likely, Mayans Insist Mark Stevenson, Associated Press   Oct. 12, 2009 -- Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it's not the end of the world. Or is it? Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff." It can only get worse for him. Next month Hollywood's "2012" opens in cinemas, featuring earthquakes, meteor showers and a tsunami dumping an aircraft carrier on the...
  • Mayan Elder Insists "2012 Is Not the End of the World"

    10/13/2009 10:49:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies · 1,110+ views ^ | 10-13-2009 | Mariela Rosario
    Mayan elder Apolinario Chile Pixtun is so over with being asked about the end of the world, "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff." But it doesn't look as though the frantic anxiety about the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 is going to let up anytime soon. With a blockbuster film entitled 2012 on the way and new websites being dedicated to the impending apocalypse every day, now, more than ever, the idea seems to be gaining momentum. But Chile Pixtun says the doomsday theories actually have their genesis in...
  • 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 Maya "hell" found in Mexico?

    11/11/2008 5:26:00 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 18 replies · 513+ views
    KAZINFORM ^ | November 11, 2008 | KAZINFORM
    A labyrinth filed with stone temples and pyramids in 14 caves--some underwater-have been uncovered on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, archaeologists announced recently. The discover has experts wondering whether Maya legend inspired the construction of the underground complex--or vice versa. According to Maya myth, the souls of the dead had to follow a dog with night vision on a horrific and watery path and endure myriad challenges before they could rest in the afterlife.
  • New Maya Olmec Archeological Find in Guatemala [Takalik Abaj]

    11/03/2008 5:01:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Guatemala Times ^ | Thursday, October 30, 2008 | unattributed
    It is known that the fragments of this enigmatic sculptures were placed into the buildings during the second part of the Late Pre- Classic Period (Phase Ruth 200 BC - 150 AD), which is when the early Mayan culture was florishing. Therefore this sculpture must have been carved before this time. There are two possibilities, it was carved at the start of the early Mayan era, or a little earlier, when the changes in Tak'alik Ab'aj from the Olmec era to the Mayan era was taking place, what is called the transition period. Could it be that the early Mayan...
  • Fighting with Jaguars, Bleeding for Rain: Has a 3K-year-old ritual survived in the central Mexico?

    10/12/2008 6:53:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Archaeology, v61 n6 ^ | November/December 2008 | Zach Zorich
    In early May I went to the Guerrero highlands to see the celebrations that take place during the Catholic Holy week, which coincides with the beginning of the spring planting season. The people in several mountain towns practice a type of Catholicism that incorporates religious beliefs and rituals that pre-date the arrival of Europeans. The most spectacular of these rituals are the Tigré fights. Men in the village of Acatlan dress in jaguar costumes and box each other as a kind of sacrifice to the rain god, Tlaloc. (The goggle-like eyes on their headgear match ancient depictions of both Tlaloc...
  • Tahitian Vanilla Originated In Maya Forests, Says Botanist

    08/24/2008 11:16:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 149+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 21, 2008 | adapted from U of C Riverside press release
    Known by the scientific name Vanilla tahitensis, Tahitian vanilla is found to exist only in cultivation; natural, wild populations of the orchid have never been encountered... "All the evidence points in the same direction," Lubinsky said. "Our DNA analysis corroborates what the historical sources say, namely, that vanilla was a trade item brought to Tahiti by French sailors in the mid-19th century. The French Admiral responsible for introducing vanilla to Tahiti, Alphonse Hamelin, used vanilla cuttings from the Philippines. The historical record tells us that vanilla – which isn't native to the Philippines – was previously introduced to the region...
  • Olmeca Waterproofing Technology Involved Tar

    08/17/2008 12:40:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 100+ views
    INAH ^ | August 7, 2008 | unattributed
    Earliest evidence of tar used as waterproofing material was found in Veracruz and is more than 3,500 years old. Olmeca cultures that inhabited the Gulf of Mexico vicinity used it to protect soil, terracotta or wooden constructions, floor and wall covering, boat sealant, as well as glue. Earliest remains of containers with tar are those recovered in the municipality of Hidalgotitlan, Veracruz, as part of El Manati archaeological project. Containers found by INAH archaeologists may have been used to heat up tar... Contemporary inhabitants of the Gulf coast vicinity still use tar to flatten the entrance of their houses, patios,...
  • Thousands Expect Apocalypse in 2012 (imspired partly by Mayan Calander)

    07/06/2008 2:33:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 119 replies · 426+ views
    AOL News ^ | July 6, 2008
    - Survival groups around the world are gearing up and counting down to a mysterious date that has been anticipated for thousands of years: Dec. 21, 2012. Across the United States, Canada and throughout Europe, apocalyptic sects and individuals say that is the day that the world as we know it will end, reports. Ancient Mayan societies, known for their advanced mathematics and astronomy, followed a "long count" calendar that lasted 5,126 years. When their charts are translated to the Gregorian calendar, the international standard used today, time runs out on Dec. 21, 2012. Believers say there are other...
  • Analysis of Rare Textiles From Honduras Ruins Suggests Mayans Produced Fine Fabrics

    04/16/2008 8:10:53 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 170+ views
    Newswise ^ | 4-16-2008
    Analysis of Rare Textiles From Honduras Ruins Suggests Mayans Produced Fine Fabrics An analysis of textile fragments excavated from a 5th century Mayan tomb in Honduras, some of the few surviving textiles from the Mayan civilization, revealed high quality fabrics produced by highly skilled spinners and weavers. Newswise — Very few textiles from the Mayan culture have survived, so the treasure trove of fabrics excavated from a tomb at the Copán ruins in Honduras since the 1990s has generated considerable excitement. Textiles conservator Margaret Ordoñez, a professor at the University of Rhode Island, spent a month at the site in...
  • 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...
  • 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) 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 ^ | 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...
  • Mayan calender hints at apocalypse, set for 2012

    12/22/2007 5:07:19 PM PST · by Perdogg · 74 replies · 652+ views
    Pacepress ^ | Issue date: 12/5/07 Section: Features | Nicole LeFebvre
    Seven years ago, there was mass preparation for Y2K, alleged by some to be the end of the world. Believers scurried to save water and canned foods just in case the new millennium brought the immense devastation theories speculated. Again, we are faced with the timeless question of whether our world will endor not. The highly intelligent Ancient Mayan civilization developed an intricate calendar which anticipated the end of their Great Cycle of the Long Count-better known as the apocalypse-on Dec. 21, 2012.
  • 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...
  • Trip To A Sacred Site

    11/30/2007 4:51:18 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies · 293+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11-29-07 | Tim Stienstra
    Remnants of Mayan human sacrifices can still be seen in cave in Belize ~~~snip~~~ This cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, "Cave of the Stone Sepulchre," leads about a half-mile underground to one of the few Mayan sacrificial sites in the world that is virtually untouched, with skeletal remains from 14 individuals and 1,400 artifacts that date back as far as 2,000 years. Opened only nine years ago, its location is a local secret, hidden deep in a jungle preserve in the Cayo District of Belize. Visitors are granted access only with guides certified by the National Institute of Archaeology, and even...
  • Maya Rituals Caused Ancient Decline in Big Game

    11/20/2007 7:20:23 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 53+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | November 15, 2007 | Kelly Hearn
    Maya rulers' growing demand for animals of symbolic value may have caused a decline in big game, like jaguars, in ancient Latin America, a new study suggests. Faced with environmental problems and doubts about their ability to provide for their followers, the Maya elite may have ordered more hunting of large mammals whose meat, skins, and teeth provided proof of power and status, the study says. Kitty Emery, an archaeologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, has studied 80,000 animal bones found in 25 Maya trash mounds to map the effects of ancient hunting on animal populations over 4,000...
  • 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...
  • Climate change killed golden civilisations

    01/06/2007 6:21:49 PM PST · by melt · 60 replies · 1,728+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | 1/07/07 | Michael Sheridan
    NEW research suggests that climate change led to the collapse of the most splendid imperial dynasty in China’s history and to the extinction of the Maya civilisation in Central America more than 1,000 years ago. There has never been a satisfactory explanation for the decline and fall of the Tang emperors, whose era is viewed as a highpoint of Chinese civilisation, while the disappearance of the Maya world perplexes scholars. Now a team of scientists has found evidence that a shift in monsoons led to drought and famine in the final century of Tang power. The weather pattern may also...
  • Exhibition highlights Jades of Belize

    09/07/2006 12:55:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 292+ views
    Channel 5 Belize ^ | Wednesday, September 6, 2006 | Jacqueline Godwin
    Nothing draws a crowd more than the showing of the country’s most precious jewel. That’s right, the jade head, formally known as Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God, went on display at the Museum of Belize... The jade head was unearthed at Altun Ha in 1968. It was found lying among the remains of this elderly adult male believed to have been an important ruler of the site during his lifetime. Archaeologists suspect that before this Mayan leader died sometime between 600 to 650 AD, he commissioned an artist to create the large carved object that represents the Maya sun...
  • An interpreter of Maya culture [ Harri Kettunen ]

    06/15/2006 9:07:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 234+ views
    "The Maya are the only pre-Columbian culture whose texts have been preserved up to our time in the thousands. They reveal the Maya to have been a people like all others. In the 7th and 8th centuries AD, the area was the most populous in the world and the city-states waged wars against each other," says Kettunen. Kettunen explains that there are quite human reasons why the idealised image of the Maya arose. An early authority on Maya studies, the British archaeologist Eric Thompson had experienced two world wars. "He wanted to believe that the world had had at least...
  • Second Royal Tomb Discovered at Waka' (Site Q)

    05/01/2006 11:10:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 265+ views
    Southern Methodist University ^ | May 2006 | unattributed, Waka Homepage
    A major royal tomb has been unearthed beneath the principal pyramid in the western center of Waka'. The discovery was made by Dr. Héctor Escobedo of Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, co-director of the Waka' Project, and his student, Juan Carlos Melendez. This marks the second royal tomb discovered at Waka'. In the spring of 2004, SMU archaeologist David Freidel and his students discovered a queen's tomb more than 1,200 years old and dating to the Late Classic period of Maya civilization. The new tomb was discovered in a different pyramid and dates to the Early Classic period between...
  • A 1,200-Year-Old Murder Mystery in Guatemala

    11/17/2005 3:08:23 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 27 replies · 842+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2005 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Andrew L. DemarestThe remains of a Maya king, Kan Maax, who was killed about A.D. 800 in Cancuén with dozens of his royal associates and courtiers. Despite the puzzling slaughter, the bodies were treated with respect. Archaeologists and forensic experts in Guatemala have made a grisly discovery among the ruins of an ancient Maya city, Cancuén. In explorations during the summer, they found as many as 50 skeletons in a sacred pool and other places, victims of murder and dismemberment in a war that destroyed the city and, it seems, served as a beginning of the collapse of the...
  • Experts Uncover Ancient Mayan Remains

    03/15/2005 11:49:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 694+ views
    Yahoo News! ^ | Sun Mar 6 | FREDDY CUEVAS
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Scientists working at the Copan archaeological site in western Honduras said Sunday they have unearthed the 1,450-year-old remains of 69 people, as well as 30 previously undiscovered ancient Mayan buildings. Copan, about 200 miles west of Tegucigalpa, the capital, flourished between A.D. 250 and 900, part of a vast Mayan empire which stretched across parts of modern-day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The site was eventually abandoned, due at least in part to overpopulation, historians believe. Seiichi Nakamura, one of a team of Japanese scientists working alongside Honduran counterparts, said the human remains likely belong...
  • Evidence May Back Human Sacrifice Claims

    01/23/2005 2:26:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 90 replies · 11,210+ views
    My Way News ^ | 1/22/05 | MARK STEVENSON/AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - It has long been a matter of contention: Was the Aztec and Mayan practice of human sacrifice as widespread and horrifying as the history books say? Or did the Spanish conquerors overstate it to make the Indians look primitive? In recent years archaeologists have been uncovering mounting physical evidence that corroborates the Spanish accounts in substance, if not number. Using high-tech forensic tools, archaeologists are proving that pre-Hispanic sacrifices often involved children and a broad array of intentionally brutal killing methods. For decades, many researchers believed Spanish accounts from the 16th and 17th centuries were biased...
  • Mystery Of 'Chirping' Pyramid Decoded

    12/17/2004 2:43:44 PM PST · by blam · 78 replies · 2,116+ views
    Nature ^ | 12-14-2004 | Philip Ball
    Mystery of 'chirping' pyramid decoded Philip BallAcoustic analysis shows how temple transforms echoes into sounds of nature El Castillo's strange echoes have fascinated visitors for generations © Punchstock A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists. Nico Declercq of Ghent University and his colleagues have shown how sound waves ricocheting around the tiered steps of the El Castillo pyramid, at the Mayan ruin of Chichén Itzá near Cancún in Mexico, create sounds that mimic the chirp of a bird...
  • 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...
  • Tigers Put Their Spin On Mayan Culture

    10/13/2003 10:32:07 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 3 replies · 128+ views
    The Memphis Commercial/Appeal ^ | 10-13-03 | Gary Parrish
    TULUM, Mexico - Antonio Burks took a couple of steps, then leaped over some crumbled stone to get closer to the place the Mayans used to worship thousands of years ago. As he smiled the way only he can, the University of Memphis point guard offered his opinion of the history he was skipping about with the rest of his Tiger teammates. ''To me,'' Burks said, ''this kind of looks just like the projects.'' Sunday was off day for the Tiger basketball team on their exhibition trip to Cancun. So John Calipari hired a bus and rode 90 minutes south...
  • Mayan texts reveal superpower wars

    09/19/2002 9:18:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies · 544+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9-19-02 | New News Service
    Translations of hieroglyphs on the staircase of a pyramid in Guatemala reveal details of a superpower struggle between two city-states at the peak of the Mayan civilisation. The 1300-year old hieroglyphs support theories that the Mayan world was riven by battles between two major powers, rather than smaller-scale clashes between multiple rival dynasties. "It's rare that you find a new monument and it fills in such a large blank spot about the history of a region," says Arthur Demarest, an anthropologist at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, who has led research at Dos Pilas in northern Guatemala, where the staircase was found....