American anthropologist Marcello Canuto is the director of Tulane University's Middle America Research Institute. He is one of the scientists investigating these Mayan texts.
The ancient texts were found on 1,300-year-old panels that were discovered in Guatemala City, Guatemala (Central America, located south of Mexico). They showed inscriptions of a military victory in the city of La Corona headed by the ruler of Calakmul, a Mayan city.
Canuto states, "This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy. This new evidence suggests that the 13 bak'tun date was an important calendrical event that would have been celebrated by the ancient Maya; however, they make no apocalyptic prophecies whatsoever regarding the date."
The Mayan calendar begins in 3,114 B.C. and it is divided into approximately 394-year periods. Mayans held the 13 bak'tun date as sacred, which occurs on our Gregorian calendar of December 21, 2012.
Please read the MSNBC story entitled "Maya text cites 2012 as end of calendar cycle, not end of world" for more on this story that doesn't seem to go away, at least not until December 22, 2012.
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