The world will end December 21, 2012, exactly when, as some claim, was predicted by the Mayans? It seems to us difficult to sustain in a scientific way, but in any case we still have some time to explore the topic, we study the historical records of this ancient and mysterious civilization, and especially by analyzing their calendar, the main “culprit” of the news of the end of the world, news that runs for a few months so relentless on the network. And to do this in the U.S., more precisely in Philadelphia, an exciting new exhibition opened yesterday, will allow us to discover all the secrets of the legendary Maya.
With the intriguing title of “Maya 2012: Lords of Time”. And that is the Maya Lords of Time, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia has assembled a rich collection of objects, artifacts excavated from the historic Mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras, including burial jewelry, food containers and ceramic figures. Even the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, cut the ribbon opening the show in last Saturday.
The exhibit uses interactive displays to explain the Maya writing, time tables and sophisticated, that the calendars have been the subject of speculation of various catastrophic hypotheses. But what emerges from the archaeological material, the end of the Mayan Calendar cycle, scheduled for December 21 this year, should not be interpreted as a prediction of a catastrophic event, but only as the end of the course of a cycle, which will follow later.
Considered as one of the largest first company in the world, the Maya thrived for centuries in parts of Mexico and Central America. Many of their iconic pyramids and ruins of various cities are still standing and can be visited in places like Tulum in Mexico and Copan, where as many as 16 Mayan kings ruled for 400 years. The show is based largely on archaeological finds discovered in Copa, in Honduras.
Being good astronomers, the Mayans had devised various types of calendars, meticulously observing the celestial movements. Their “Long Count”, ie their calendar, began in 3114 BC and has marked the time periods of about 394 years. These time intervals are known by the term baktun. Thirteen is a number sacred to the Mayans, and some scholars believe it will be just the baktun No. 13 to finish its cycle, 21 December 2012. But never fear: the Penn Museum experts say that after that date will simply start another Baktum, 14 °, since there are indications that the Maya left by 13° is the last cycle ever!.
The exhibition in Philadelphia is expected to remain open until January 12, 2013, and then we can deduce that the organizers did not give credence to theories absolutely catastrophic!. The entry price is equal to 22.5 dollars (17 euros), while children from 6 to 12 years are $ 16.5, just over 12 euros. The exhibition is closed on Mondays, open other days from 10 to 17, except Thursdays, with extended opening 10-20.
To reach the Museum
The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, at the intersection of Spruce Street and 33rd Street. The nearest attractions include the Franklin Field, South Street, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, on 34th Street.
Originally posted 2012-07-06 21:33:03.