“Archaeologists have found carvings in a stone staircase at the La Corona dig site in Guatemala which confirm the ‘end date’ of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012.
It is only the second known inscription which confirms this ‘end date’.
New Age sects around the world have interpreted this as a potential doomsday event – with sales of blast shelters rising in the U.S. and believers taking refuge in a village in France.
The Mayan tablets are the subject of wild internet conspiracy theories, with predictions our world will be swallowed by a black hole, hit by an asteroid or devoured by ancient gods.
The 1,300-year-old inscription is described as one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades.
Most of the inscription, carved into a stone abandoned by looters, deals with political history – but there is a reference to ‘the end’ in a passage about a king’s return.
‘This was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012,’ says David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin, who led a dig at the site.
But many ethnic Mayans dismiss the apocalyptic predictions as largely a Western idea.
Rather than the end of time itself, the inscriptions refer to the start of a new era.
The ‘apocalypse’ refers to the end of a cycle of 5,125 years since the beginning of the Mayan Long Count calendar in 3113 B.C”.