Newly Found Mayan Artifact Mentions 2012

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Galactic alignments, alien invasions and runaway planets -- oh my! Archaeologists in Mexico have found a new piece of evidence for the internet's favorite apocalypse.

We'll let a blogger for KTVX set the tone.

"The stock market? Terrorism? Presidential elections? NBA lockout? Stop worrying. Apparently, you won't be around much longer. The 2012 apocalypse is back on."

Odds are you've heard all about the end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012. By now, it's tied to as many end-of-the-world scenarios as people can think of. And so far, it's all based off just one artifact!

Now, archaeologists say the evidence has doubled! Here's ABC's Good Morning America.

"The latest evidence is a brick discovered in the ancient Mayan ruins of Comalcalco that cites the year 2012, the same year inscribed on a 1300-year-old tablet previously found among the nearby ruins of Tortuguero."

The inscriptions both point to 2012 as being the end of an era, when a Mayan deity of war and creation will arrive. But does that mean time's up for Earth? Archaeologists say: don't bet on it.

A writer for The Random Fact explains.

"The Mexican institute ... insists that the idea of some kind of world changing event is a Westernized misunderstanding of Mayan calendars. ... The Mexican institute stressed that the Maya saw time as a series of cycles that began and ended with regularity, and that nothing apocalyptic should be associated with the ending of a particular cycle..."

Experts say the new inscription has no "future tense" markings, meaning it could refer to a past event rather than a future one. This and other issues are scheduled to be hashed out next week, as a group of scientists tries in vain to counter internet hysteria with facts and research.

From the Daily Mail:

"Given the strength of internet rumours about impending disaster in 2012, the institute is organising a round table of 60 Mayan experts next week at the archaeological site of Palenque, in southern Mexico, to 'dispel some of the doubts about the end of one era and the beginning of another in the Mayan Long Count calendar.'"

If you still think the inscriptions mark the end of the world, you've got around 390 days to say your goodbyes.

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