The apocalyptic theories surrounding 2012 have always hinged on the stopping of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans calculated out their calendar for thousands of years in the future, but they mysteriously stopped in 2012 on December 21. This has led to all sorts of intrigue that the Mayans were predicting the end of the world on that date. It even spawned a major motion picture, 2012. A new discovery may end the debate once and for all. Archaeologists have found the earliest Mayan calendar yet in a rainforest in Guatemala.
This calendar is unique to others found. It is like a reference for the people of those days that concerned themselves with such things. This calendar is very complicated. It uses hieroglyphic symbols to record time in lunar cycles, generally six months in length. The new calendar discovery does not stop on December 21, 2012, but actually continues on for a period of over 7,000 years. Experts say that the reasoning of ending on the date other calendars did was because it was the end of an age. The Mayans measured time in 400-year cycles they called baktuns. 13 baktuns constitutes a cycle. This year, a new Mayan cycle begins.
The new calendar pretty much shuts the door on the idea of a Mayan prediction of the end of the world this year. This is a major event in the conspiracy world. There has been so much debate and paranoia over this magical date, but it appears that this latest uncovering buries the idea of the world ending in 2012 once and for all. Investigations continue in Guatemala as not all of the hieroglyphics have been interpreted, but archaeologists say that it is clear that the Mayan calendar actually goes on for billions, if not trillions, of years in the future.