Important Maya Calendar Discovery 
Author Message
 Important Maya Calendar Discovery
David Stuart, one who wrote the report with William Saturno has informed
me that the press has the story wrong. This is not the earliest calendar
found. Here is what he wrote me;

"The Xultun tables do NOT represent the earliest Maya calendar(s). The
media has run with this meme, but it's not what we said at the press
conference. Just want to clarify."

William Saturno has found a very early Maya calendar in wall paintings,
dating to the 9th century, charting the motions of the moon and Mars and
Venus. The drawings were found at the site of Xultun in Guatemala. The
360 day "tun", the 20 day "final" and the one day "k'in" are
represented. Lunar semesters of 177-178 days are calculated. It looks
like the lunar "semester" was calculated on the calendar for 13 years.
The finding is reported on in the May 11 issue of Science. Another table
represents the 18,980 days of the Maya calendar round. It appears they
were also notating the movements of Jupiter in relationship to the moon.

Scientific American has the report here;

And the NY Times added this bit of important information to the story;

"The principal scribe, who may have been related to the royal family,
also left his mark on the north wall, near the presumed kings
picture. Four long numbers there represent dates that stretch over 7,000
years. The scientists said this was the first place that seems to
tabulate all these cycles in this way. Another number scratched in the
plaster records a date that translates to A.D. 813." http://www.***.com/

The Boston Globe has a slide show of the find here;

And National Geographic adds that the murals were painted during a time
of intense drought at the site and folks may have been looking to the
scribes for answers.

And the BBC adds that the dates written on the mural stretch 7000 years
into the future, thus disproving the Maya end of the world theme.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:52:57 GMT
 [ 1 post ] 

 Relevant Pages 

1. Important Maya Calendar Discovery

2. More on the Maya calendar discovery

3. Important Egyptian discovery.

4. China's most important archaeological discoveries of 2008

5. Important discovery at Teotihuacan

6. New important archaeological discovery.

7. Important discovery at Teotihuacan

8. Important Maya artifact uncovered in Guatemala

9. Important excavations at the Maya site of Ceibal

10. Important Maya artifact uncovered in Guatemala

11. Important excavations at the Maya site of Ceibal

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software