Archaeologists working at the site of The crown in Guatemala they have discovered a 1300 year old Mayan text that offers the second known reference of the call 'final date’Of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012. The discovery, one of the greatest hieroglyphic finds in decades, was announced today at the National Palace in Guatemala.
“The text talks about the history of ancient politics instead of a prophecy”Says Marcello A. Canuto, director of the Tulane Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the La Corona excavations.
Since 2008, Canuto and Tomas Barrientos from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have conducted excavations at La Corona, a place previously ravaged by looters.
“Last year, we realized that looting of a particular building had discarded some carved stones because they were too eroded to sell on the black market for antiques."Says Barrientos,"so we knew we had found something important, but still we thought they might have missed something”.
What Canuto and Barrientos found was the longest text never discovered in Guatemala. Carved on the steps of the staircase, records 200 years of history La Corona, says David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center at the University of Texas at Austin, who was part of the 1997 expedition, the first to explore the place.
While these new finds were being deciphered in May, Stuart acknowledged the reference to 2012 on a stair block It has 56 delicately carved hieroglyphs. The royal visit to La Corona in 696 AD is commemorated by the most powerful Mayan ruler of that time, Yuknoom Yick’aak K’ahk ’of Calakmul, just a few months after his loss to Tikal, his longtime enemy, in the year 695 AD. Considered by scholars that he had died in battle, the ruler was visiting his allies to clear the fears after his defeat.
“It was a time of great political upheaval in the Mayan region and its king was forced into a longer cycle of time that would come to an end in 2012”Says Stuart. So, more than a prophecy, the reference to 2012 is at the troubled reign of this king and his achievements in a cosmologist frame wider.
“In times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than to predict the apocalypse.”, says Canuto.
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