Mayan dating system

In the meantime, we enjoy the intrigue and mystery of the Mayan culture.Brief History The Mayan civilization covered parts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador.Suffice it to say here that each of the theorists put a great deal of work into arriving at an answer as to the true start date of the calendar system.A combination of astronomical events as marked out by various long count dates, including carbon dating and various other factors, all played their part in developing the answer as to the Mayan Calendar start date.

Such an assumption indeed does possess merit, were the calendar devised – as many suspect - to harmonise various key astronomical cycles; given that during this early period in their civilisation (prior to the 1st century BC), the Maya were still actively engaged in refining the primary values (through astronomical observation) of the various celestial cycles upon which they sought to base their calendar.And in terms of these factors, it is felt that the GMT theory is the best explanation, to date.The end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 has brought a renewed interest in Mayan history, culture, art, and architecture.Known cities of the ancient Mayan civilization include Tikal, Copán, Palenque, Cancuén, Uxmal, Kabah, Tulum, Sayil and Labná.It is important to note that these are not the original names of the cities. Most of the cities incorporates some form of pyramid, whether it be a pyramid shaped doorway or an actual pyramid.

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