Mayan Tablet Doesn't Predict 2012 Apocalypse: Expert
Dec. 21, 2012 is a big day ... but not for the reason you think
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2011 6:59 AM CST
Mayan hieroglyphs, but not the ones read by Sven Gronemeyer.   (firstrunfeaturesnyc)

(Newser) – Cool your jets: The Mayans did not predict the world will end in 2012, or so says a German expert. Sven Gronemeyer yesterday shared his reading of a 1,300-year-old Mayan stone tablet that makes reference to 2012: He says the hieroglyphs describe the return of Bolon Yokte, the mysterious Mayan god of creation and war. The date of his reappearance? At the end of a 13th period of 400 years: Dec. 21, 2012. The date, therefore, marks a transition to a new era, not an end, he says.

The stone has cracked, making the end of the passage nearly impossible to read, reports the AP. But Gronemeyer says it conveyed the prophecy of the ruler at the time. "For the elite of Tortuguero, it was clear they had to prepare the land for the return of the god." Gronemeyer's pronouncement comes on the heels of the revelation that Mexican archaeologists found a second reference to the 2012 date in Mayan inscriptions, spurring more apocalypse talk; click for that story.

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Dec 20, 2012 6:10 PM CST
How stupid will everyone feel tomorrow when nothing happens? i keep explaining to everybody, the Mayans didn't predict the end of time to take place on Dec 21, 2012! It's just that it was the maximum amount of time their 'primitive' system could calculate. Example: Look at Roman numerals... 4998 is the highest number standard Roman numerals can count, MMMDDDCCCLLLXXXVVViii. So now what happens if you have 5000 of something? Do you simply claim it's impossible to have 5000 total of anything? Centuries later, in the Middle Ages, people tried to come up with a solution. They'd put a horizontal line over the numeral to represent that it's "times 1000", and vertical lines on the sides of numerals to represent "times 100,000". So for them, their highest number was 499,800,000. But even STILL, the best they could come up with then was relatively finite... meaning, you could only count so much and then be forced to END. The Mayan calendar is in the same boat.
Dec 27, 2011 4:21 PM CST
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Dec 4, 2011 6:56 AM CST
He is totally misreading the tablet.What it really indicates is that if you don't rush immediately to the stores, you will not have time to finish your Christmas shopping'