Experts: It's not the end of the world

2012-09-29 17:10
Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilises the surface of a wall of a Maya house that dates to the ninth century AD in the Maya city Zultun in Guatemala. (Tyrone Turner, National Geographic, AP)

Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilises the surface of a wall of a Maya house that dates to the ninth century AD in the Maya city Zultun in Guatemala. (Tyrone Turner, National Geographic, AP)

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2012-08-03 08:11

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Mexico City - As the clock winds down to December 21, experts on the Mayan calendar have been racing against time to convince the public the Mayas didn't predict an apocalypse this year.

Some experts are now saying the Mayas may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.

Archaeologists, anthropologists and other experts are meeting in the southern Mexico city of Merida to discuss the implications of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns.

Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3 114 BC, and will have run through 13 baktuns around December 21.

Mexican government archaeologist Alfredo Barrera said on Friday the Mayas did prophesise, but perhaps about more humdrum events like droughts or disease outbreaks.

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