Mayan Calendar Discovery: No 2012 Doomsday?

Mayan priests participate in a vigil in 2010 in celebration of the end of the Mayan calendar (AFP/File, Johan Ordonez)

Doomsday 2012 may be chalked up to a mere misinterpretation. That’s right, the date many have feared for years now may be inaccurate or simply a misunderstanding.

Archeologists recently made a discovery that will allow many to breathe a little easier as the months progress this year. They’ve discovered the earliest known Mayan calendar that reveals no 2012 doomsday, according to reports.

For years many have believed that since the Mayan calendar ended Dec. 21, 2012, the world would end too — though researchers insisted that is only when the Mayan calendar cycles ends.

Now researchers have pretty good proof that the world will continue turning well beyond 2012, according to the Mayans at least.

Researchers discovered scribe recordings in a small room in a Mayan ruin (the house structure was found in 2010 among ruins that were discovered in the rainforest of Guatemala about 100 years ago) that seem to be hundreds of years older than the paper books, the Maya Codices, according to AFP.

The recordings were found on a blackboard-like wall that a scribe would have used to map out dates for official recording purposes, reports say, and reveal time spans well beyond 2012.

Researchers found numbers indicating time spans from around 935 to 6,700 years, though it’s not clear what they represent, reported Christian Science Monitor, only that it’s clear the span goes way beyond 2012.

“The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this,” archaeologist William Saturno of Boston University, was quoted as saying.

The time spans were found on a wall neighboring recordings of moon and planet phase calendars. The calendar-based phases of the moon and other planets were found on a wall and included a 365-day calendar of the moon, the 584-day cycle of the planet Venus and the 780-day cycle of Mars. These reportedly cover about 13 years.