Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mayan Long Count Off By A Long Shot

Um, like, bummer! End-of-the-World 2012 been rescheduled. Apparently new calculations indicate the now-notorious Mayan "Long Count" calendar, from which doomsday fears have arisen, could be off by as much as a century - in either direction. That means, the great "apocalypse" may have already come and gone.

Trouble with the 2012 date arises from miscalculations based upon colonial-era translations of Mayan into Latin. New research by Gerardo Aldana at UC Santa Barbara refutes the long-held conversion method, which relies upon faulty historical data to bolster its accuracy.

Read a more detailed account here.

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