Carved Cache Vessel Lids
Funerary & Ceremonial Vessels
Since the turn of the new century, a theory has emerged concerning the end of the world, or at least the end of life as we know it. This new theory centers around the year 2012, a date that many claim has mysterious origins in ancient manuscripts from many different cultures. The most noted characteristic of this date is that it appears to mark the end of the Mayan calendar. But there is no evidence to suggest that the Maya saw any great relevance to this date. In fact, none of the claims surrounding a 2012 doomsday event hold up to scientific inquiry. The year 2012 will pass without a major, life-altering catastrophe .
So, what did they say about it? Can we know anything about this? Well, to answer this question one would need to study the origins of the Long Count-2012 calendar, study the related tradition of the Creation Mythology, and also have a clear knowledge of the mechanics of the calendars as well as general knowledge about Maya epigraphy, folklore, linguistics, mythology, astronomy, archaeology, and ethnography. This would be a tall order for any grad student working towards a degree. It would also be a tall order for a degreed scholar busy grading papers and worrying about tenure. Unfortunately, the very mention of “2012” has for many years been associated by academics with New Age silliness and it has been a hands-off topic for scholars until very recently. 1