A paper coauthored by Colgate professor Tony Aveni and published today in Science might put a damper on any plans by Hollywood to capitalize on theories about the world coming to an end in 2012.
The paper details the discovery and excavation of a home in Xultún, Guatemala, and a “wall painting accompanied by a numerical table and a series of long numbers that appear to have functioned like those found in astronomical tables in the codices discovered the earliest known Mayan calendar.”
In a discussion about the paper, Aveni explained that the new calendar offers no hint that the world’s end is imminent – this is just the beginning of another cycle.
“It’s like the odometer of a car, with the Maya calendar rolling over from the 120,000s to 130,000. The car gets a step closer to the junkyard as the numbers turn over; the Maya just start over,” he said.
Will this widely reported story stop the end-of-the-world conspiracies and any future Hollywood movies like 2012?
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