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Maya Weathered One Collapse; the Second Proved Fatal

Hundreds of years apart, the collapses were eerily similar: study

(Newser) - The Maya civilization suffered "waves" of war and political instability before its collapse in the 2nd century. The civilization later recovered, but history would repeat itself just a few hundred years later, delivering a final blow, researchers explain in a PNAS study offering a clear chronology of the civilization'... More »

Our Days Are a Smidge Longer Than They Used to Be

Which we know thanks to some meticulous ancient astronomers

(Newser) - The meticulous work of ancient astronomers has led to a modern observation: Our days are longer than they used to be. Not that you'd notice: The new research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A shows that it takes the Earth a tiny bit longer these days to... More »

Inside the Pyramid Is a Pyramid. Inside That Is Something More

Inside the Kukulkan pyramid are 2 smaller, older ones

(Newser) - On the surface, the Kukulkan temple that sits among the ruins of Chichen Itza looks nothing like a Russian nesting doll, but it's essentially the pyramid equivalent, scientists say. They'd known for decades that the 100-foot-tall structure in Mexico's Yucatan state sits on top of a smaller,... More »

Archaeologists Make Surprise Find Under Mayan Temple

They find water tunnels, maybe in hope of helping ruler reach the underworld

(Newser) - When researchers grew concerned about underground anomalies detected near the Mayan ruins of Palenque in Mexico, they began a dig to figure out whether the pyramid was in danger of collapse. This week, researchers announced that what they found was no anomaly but rather a small canal system, reports the... More »

Teen's Stellar Theory Leads to Lost Mayan City

His dream is to one day visit the site

(Newser) - William Gadoury has spent a fifth of his life researching the ancient Maya, and the 15-year-old's effort has just paid off in a big way—with the apparent discovery of a lost city. "I did not understand why the Maya built their cities away from rivers, on marginal... More »

Water Temple Reveals 'Drought Cult' of Mayans

As dry spell worsened, offerings to gods increased

(Newser) - Mayans appear to have been done in by a series of severe droughts , and archaeologists now think that something called a "drought cult" sprang up when things were most desperate, reports National Geographic . Researchers led by Lisa Lucero of the University of Illinois have found a water temple in... More »

Explorer Finds Lost 'Monster Mouth' City

Slovenian archaeologist finds Mayan city of Lagunita

(Newser) - Archaeologists have long known of a "lost" Mayan city boasting an incredible "earth monster" facade—and now someone has found it. Slovenian explorer Ivan Sprajc came out of the Yucatan jungle in Mexico with photos of the city, Lagunita, and a second, previously unknown city he's calling... More »

Archaeologists Make Grisly Find in Ancient Maya City

Mass grave bolsters belief that the Maya dismembered

(Newser) - The discovery of a mass grave is by its nature a gruesome find, but what researchers uncovered in the ancient Maya city of Uxul in present-day Mexico is that to the extreme. University of Bonn archaeologists on Tuesday announced that they have found a 1,400-year-old grave containing the dismembered... More »

Mayan Pyramid Crushed—for Gravel

Belizean road crew wrecks ancient temple

(Newser) - Archeologists have been horrified to discover that one of the largest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been almost completely annihilated by road crews looking for an easy source of gravel. The 2,300-year-old temple at the heart of the Nohmul complex—at 60 feet, one of the country's tallest... More »

Schools Close Over Fears of 'Doomsday' Violence

People 'on edge' after Newtown: police officer

(Newser) - With schools on high alert after the Newtown shooting, rumors of a Mayan-predicted "apocalypse" are compounding fears of violence. Three counties in Michigan have been so overwhelmed with addressing the concerns that they've simply decided to close schools two days early for winter break. "We're not... More »

1K Arrested in China as 'Doomsday' Approaches

NASA gets hundreds of worried calls daily

(Newser) - With just hours left before the apparent end of the world, people are making final preparations—while others are squashing rumors of our imminent demise like there's no tomorrow. In China, that means arresting hundreds more members of a cult that claims the so-called Mayan doomsday is the real... More »

'Apocalypse' Village to Media: You're the Problem

People in Bugarach can't wait for the 'end of the world' to end

(Newser) - A mysterious online rumor has brought immense fame to a village in France —but for locals and visitors the biggest annoyance seems to be reporters who keep asking about it, the Guardian reports. The sleepy village of Bugarach is known as the one place destined to survive the Mayan... More »

Century-Long Drought Was Mayans' Undoing

Civilization failed 'to adapt successfully to climate change': study

(Newser) - The Mayan civilization collapsed at the hands of "a nearly century-long drought," says a UK-based researcher following a new study that the AFP reports has confirmed an existing climate-change theory. The Mayans' rise and fall "is an example of a sophisticated civilization failing to adapt successfully to... More »

Archaeologists Find Maya Warrior Queen

Meet the 'Lady Snake Lord'

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Guatemala think they've found the resting place of an ancient Maya warrior queen with the awesome nickname of Lady Snake Lord, reports the National Geographic . Her more formal name was Lady K'abel, and she ruled for 20 years in the late 7th century. A slew of... More »

Phew! This Mayan Calendar Doesn't Stop at 2012

We've got thousands of years left, according to new discovery

(Newser) - Everybody can calm down now: Looks like the Mayans didn't think the world would end this year after all. Researchers have discovered astronomical calculations on the wall of an ancient Mayan site that suggest "dates thousands of years beyond" 2012, reports National Geographic . The find came at the... More »

New Agers Head to 'Noah's Ark' to Dodge Doomsday

They await alien rescue beam in France

(Newser) - What to do when Doomsday approaches? Head for a modern-day Noah's Ark, obviously. New Agers are beginning to stream to the hilltop community of Bugarach in France to await a tele-transportation beam from an alien craft to save them from the apocalypse they believe has been predicted by the... More »

NASA Denies 2012 Apocalypse

Astronomer criticizes list of doomsday 'Mayan' predictions

(Newser) - The Earth will not be destroyed or burned or gravitationally warped on Dec. 12, 2012, according to a NASA scientist, Space.com reports. Despite claims that the Mayan calendar predicts our planetary demise next year, astronomer Don Yeomans says we can "sleep well on Dec. 21 of next year.... More »

Mayan Tablet Doesn't Predict 2012 Apocalypse: Expert

Dec. 21, 2012 is a big day ... but not for the reason you think

(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... More »

Flee 2012 Apocalypse in Porn Studio's Luxe Bunker

Will include bar, performance spaces, and there's space for fans

(Newser) - If you’re paranoid that the Mayans might have been right about the Dec. 21, 2012 apocalypse, then maybe you should start sucking up to the people at Pink Visual. The LA-based porn studio says it’s building a lavish “post-apocalyptic” bunker, complete with fully-stocked bars, performance stages, and... More »

Kellogg to Mayan Group: Drop 'Toucan Sam-Like' Logo

Nonprofit: Our toucan looks nothing like your cartoon

(Newser) - The toucan is native to Mesoamerica, which is why the Maya Archaeology Initiative , a group that defends Mayan culture, chose to use the bird as its logo. Of course, the toucan is also native to boxes of Kellogg Co.’s Froot Loops cereal—and now the company wants the... More »

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