Archaeologists exploring Xultún, which measures 12 square miles and was discovered a century ago, have discovered a structure which they say looks like a “work space for the town scribe”. The walls of the structure are covered in unique paintings, one which shows some men dressed in black uniforms, and another which consists of scribbled numbers. The numbers relate to the Maya calender, according to the press release from National Geographic.
Commenting on the discovery, William Saturno, an archaeologist from Boston University, said:
“For the first time we get to see what may be actual records kept by a scribe, whose job was to be official record keeper of a Maya community.”
“It’s like an episode of TV’s ‘Big Bang Theory,’ a geek math problem and they’re painting it on the wall. They seem to be using it like a blackboard.”
The discovery should serve to allay fears that the world is going to end on 21 December 2012 as this is when some thought the Maya calender ended. There are many sites predicting that the end of the world is indeed nigh but after doing some more searching – and digging a bit deeper – there are many more sites which put these fears to rest.
The press release also makes it clear that the Maya calendar never did indicate that the world was about to come to end in 2012, only that one of its calendar cycles would.
Anthony Aveni, professor of astronomy and anthropology at Colgate University, said:
“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.”
Xultún, which in Guatemala’s Petén region, means “End Stone” and was first mapped in the 1920s.