Mayan Codices are books written on bark in the few centuries before Columbus landed. Several record detailed hieroglyphic calculations of lunar and planetary. Archaeologists led by William Saturno of Boston. University recently announced the discovery of early ninth-century murals and associated astro- nomical tables. In , a small painted room was excavated at the extensive ancient Maya ruins of Xultun, Guatemala, dating to the early 9th century C.E. The walls and ceiling.

Author: Kiganos Moogushura
Country: New Zealand
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 23 August 2010
Pages: 391
PDF File Size: 1.57 Mb
ePub File Size: 13.43 Mb
ISBN: 658-2-44605-735-5
Downloads: 80791
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Faull

The day record atop 12 12 13 Qstronomical represents a long-term match between their Calendar Round of 18, days, and their Long Count calendar of days: By adding ordays, we can find another Long Count date of with the same 3 Ahau, 13 Chen April 3, BC see www.

They later abandoned their excavation, Ancient Maya Astronomical Tables and the exposed painting began to weather.

Ancient Maya astronomical tables from Xultun, Guatemala.

None of these glyphs say anything about an upcoming date of December 23, AD. Past 3, The latter two of those numbers presumably do the same: The day Xultun array represents cu- legible.

Science 21 December VolIssue Log In Sign Up.

Instead they chose maximal values for each digit ofso that the next number after adding one becomes Image Credit Prensa Libre Archaeologists at the Xultun Maya site near the western border have unearthed stunning new finds including the oldest known Maya astronomical tables.

While it is not an even multiple of the 18,day Calendar Round, it is [ x ] and [ x ] and [ x ]. These spans are usually between and years. In order to find a date, first we have to multiply all of those numbers as follows: That is the same Tzolkin symbol which was drawn on the wall abovefor a long-term match between their day calendar and the 18,day Calendar Round. But it notes that this Maya calendar is unique in that instead of the 13 cycles or baktun that were known until recently, it has 17, which according to experts debunks the theory that the Maya Calendar predicts the apocalypse at the end of That large number tells how long it takes for the Calendar Round to coincide with the Long Count on four successive occasions.


Oldest Maya Calendar Unearthed

Not a perfect match, gyatemala Mercury was assigned a synodic period of days in the Dresden Codex, increased by one day from its true astronomical value of On the left we can see a series of five numbers, reading from top to bottom Xultun is the largest known Classic Maya site and contains a 35 meter tall pyramid, 2 ball courts, and 24 stele the oldest of which dates back to AD.

AveniFranco Rossi. More will be said about the other three numbers in the near future. The number is also an approximation to the synodic period of Mercury Science; DOI: Yet we should not lie about astromomical facts.

Xultuun there can be can be no match among all three Haab, Tzolkin and day calendars for a single 18,day period since: A modern value would be Only a hand- days, respectively. The data are accessible online at To conclude, it should be emphasized that none of the new Mayan glyphs found at Xultun, Guatemala show any relation whatsoever to the year AD, when will be reached as an end date for the current Mayan Long Count calendar.


A report in the Christian Science Monitor says that the hieroglyphs, painted in black and red, along with a colorful mural of a king and his mysterious attendants, seem to have been a sort of handy reference chart for Maya court scribes in A.

Log in through your institution Log in via OpenAthens. Message Subject Your Name has forwarded a page to you from Science.

Ancient Maya astronomical tables from Xultun, Guatemala. – Semantic Scholar

We can figure out that puzzle quite easily! Pretty close to !

Such speculations are not based on any kind of fact however, and seem highly doubtful. Papers of the to the Eclipse table on the same page as the mul- Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Acknowledgments: Log in to view the full text via AAAS login.

Ring Numbers typically serve to es- but faint remains of other bar-and-dot numbers can to indicate that it must be a number between 7 tablish the temporal starting points for various be seen, suggesting a lengthy array of columns and 9 Venus was likewise assigned there a synodic period of days, increased by one day from its a mayna astronomical value of It represents a long-term match between their Calendar Round of 18, days, and another enigmatic calendar of days which may have been developed for astronomical purposes.

The paintings on the east wall include a large These apparently represent early astronomical astronomicao and ancienf shed light on the later books.