Mayan calendar dating
[See images of the carvings] As part of this publicity tour, the king was calling himself the "13 k'atun lord," the carvings reveal. In an effort to tie himself and his reign to the future, the king linked his reign with another 13th cycle — the 13th bak'tun ending on Dec. David Stuart, a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin, recognized the reference to the date among 56 glyphs that were carved on the stone block.K'atuns are another unit of the Maya calendar, corresponding to 7,200 days or nearly 20 years. "It 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," Stuart said in a statement released by UT.In total, these 22 stones boast 264 hieroglyphs tracing the political history of La Corona, making them the longest known ancient Maya text in Guatemala.
The three perfectly placed stone rings below help him keep track of this astronomical cycle.
"This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy," Marcello Canuto, the director of Tulane University Middle America Research Institute, said in a statement.
"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 Maya Long Count calendar is divided into bak'tuns, or 144,000-day cycles that begin at the Maya creation date. 21) is the last day of the 13th bak'tun, marking what the Maya people would have seen as a full cycle of creation.
It is also the end of a katun of the Long Count calendar, which points every fifth year to a public ceremony.
This is because astronomic and calendric symbols were found on many of the first texts to be deciphered.