Maya Archaeologists Unearth New 2012 Monument

Maya Archaeologists Unearth New 2012 Monument

June 28, 2012

Archaeologists in Guatemala discover 1,300-year-old-year Maya text alluding to “end date” of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012

Archaeologists working at the site of La Corona in Guatemala have discovered a 1,300-year-old-year Maya text that provides only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012. The discovery, one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades, was announced today at the National Palace in Guatemala.

“This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” says Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at La Corona.

Since 2008, Canuto and Tomás Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have directed excavations at La Corona, a site previously ravaged by looters.

“Last year, we realized that looters of a particular building had discarded some carved stones because they were too eroded to sell on the antiquities black market,” said Barrientos, “so we knew they found something important, but we also thought they might have missed something.”

What Canuto and Barrientos found was the longest text ever discovered in Guatemala. Carved on staircase steps, it records 200 years of La Corona history, states David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center at The University of Texas at Austin, who was part of a 1997 expedition that first explored the site.

While deciphering these new finds in May, Stuart recognized the 2012 reference on a stairway block bearing 56 delicately carved hieroglyphs. It commemorated a royal visit to La Corona in AD 696 by the most powerful Maya ruler of that time, Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ of Calakmul, only a few months after his defeat by long-standing rival Tikal in AD 695. Thought by scholars to have been killed in this battle, this ruler was visiting allies and allaying their fears after his defeat.

“This was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012,” says Stuart.

So, rather than prophesy, the 2012 reference places this king’s troubled reign and accomplishments into a larger cosmological framework.

“In times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse,” says Canuto.  

Source:  Tulane University Press Release

Maya 2012 inscription predicts royal stability

Newly-discovered Maya 2012 inscriptions proclaim royal stability, researchers report, not apocalypse.

Announced today at the National Palace in Guatemala, the 1,300-year-old inscriptions from the ruins called La Corona, “provides only the second known reference to the so-called ‘end date’ for the Maya calendar on December 21, 2012,” says a Tulane University statement.

Left behind by looters at the site, the La Corona inscriptions depict a 696 A.D. visit to the ruin by the ruler of Calakmul, then one of the most powerful Classic Maya kingdoms. Calakmul’s ruler, Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk‘, also known as Fire Claw or Jaguar Paw, had suffered a military defeat the year before and was apparently visiting allies at La Corona to reassure them of his survival.

“Scholars had assumed that the Calakmul king died or was captured in this engagement” says University of Texas archaeologist David Stuart, in the statement, “but this new extraordinary text from La Corona text tells us otherwise.”

In the inscriptions, the defeated ruler invokes the Maya calendar to note that his rulership had started at the beginning of one 394-year endpoint, or Bak’tun, of the Maya calendar, and invokes the end of another Bak’tun in 2012, to proclaim his lineage’s stability.

“This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” says Tulane’s Marcello Canuto, in the statement. “This new evidence suggests that the 13 Bak’tun date was an important calendrical event that would have been celebrated by the ancient Maya; however, they make no apocalyptic prophecies whatsoever regarding the date.”

Source: USA Today

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  1. J.a says

    Even better just like to call this one in on the son-daze as to evolution and expanding knowledge time and earth ground field.

  2. says

    His reference to the start of a Baktun? The year 9 baktun is about 436 AD and 10 baktun is 830 AD so how does a man from 696 AD begin his rule 260 years ago in 436 AD. Further the 260-tun cycle never matches baktuns 400 tun because they reach 100s as 1300 and 2600 and 3900 and 5200. Thus it requires all 13 baktun to also be 20x 260. Does 260-haab ever meet a baktun? Well every 73 tun = 72 haab, 730 tun = 720 haab, 1460 tun = 1440 haab. The year 696 AD is over 3864 tun or over 3811 haab. The nearest Baktun is 3600 tun which is 264 tun ago, and the nearest 260 tun is 224 tun ago (3640 tun), or 36 tun in the future (3900 tun). And the nearest 260 haab is 171 haab ago (3640 haab), or 89 haab in the future (3900). Neither this 224 tun ago, nor 171 years ago is the start of this king’s reign, he did not live 171 years, and they are not baktun so where does this article contend to say he began with a baktun. Something smells here. But of course these scholars do not know what an apocalypse is because the apocalypse is the survival of the good and the resurrection of the good when all that bad happens. So of course he is saying that i die now but i will come back in the judgement day.

    • says

      Okay i got it. A bible answer. Adam created 4025bc. Babylon’s king Amizaduga marks it as 2400 an in 1626bc. This starts the 3600 years or 3600 haab which will end in our 1975 (actually 900 leap days earlier), and Venus 1200 egyptian years are actually only 1199 Julian each. So Venus is like 1972 when the calendar ends in 1973. The point is Mayans regarded 1770bc as Adam’s 3600am (Noah’s 1344 after the Flood 3114bc). However, if they begin from the Flood these 3600, as does Japan begin from the Flood 3060bc to their Era 660bc (2400 years), +3600. Or as China does from calendar 2637bc to 237bc as 2400, the Mayan 3600 haab will end 144 years before Pacal Votan’s (630 AD, the bibilcal 3744 years), about 486 AD as 3600 haab. The 3600 tun ends 50 tun before the 3600 haab, thus 437 AD. Now which does LaCorona use in 696 AD. It is clear they use the 3600 haab because it is 260 haab ago which is a sacred span (though this specific span is not that sacred cycle). So apparently this king is regarding 3600 haab as having reached the spiritual New World (just as Catholic Church declared the Kingdom in 800 AD as 600 years after a 5200bc Adam /Greek chronology). And so he is commemorating 260 haab of that spiritual New World though he does not expect yet a physical New World or astral disaster, judgement day, and resurrection until the 13 baktun. (However, 3600 haab is 9 of 400 haab, it is not 3600 tun which is 9 of 400 tun.) The gest is here though not the exact dates.

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