Friday, December 21, 2012

Mayan 2013 Calendar is Out!

Lot of bla-bla on my wireless today about the Mayan Calendar and the end of the world. Reminds me of the Beyond the Fringe End of the World Sketch from 1962. Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter CookDudley MooreAlan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. It played in London's West End and then on New York's Broadway in the early 1960s, and is widely regarded as seminal to the rise of satire in 1960s Britain. More details from the great book of knowledge, here.

But my prize for publicity goes to Dr Ed Barnhart who registered for all the right reasons. From a base in Austin Texas, he heads the Maya Exporation Center. He has over two decades of experience in Mesoamerica as an archaeologist, an explorer and an instructor. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, has published many papers and appeared in over a dozen documentaries about ancient Maya civilization. 

The Maya Exploration Center (MEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of ancient Maya civilization. MEC does this through: 

  1. travel courses, lecture series, and education programs teaching students, educators, and the general public about the ancient Maya, 
  2. the survey and mapping of ruins hidden in the jungles of Mexico and Central America 
  3. the study of ancient Maya science and
  4. the exploration and documentation of Maya architecture. 

In addition to archaeological investigation and teaching, the center seeks to support the illumination of ancient traditions still practised among the modern Maya. In doing so, MEC aims to better understand the ancient ruins and celebrate the modern Maya as the descendants of one of the world's great early civilizations. 

MEC's research is disseminated through educational travel courses, tours for the general public, lectures, and a website ( where various educational and informational materials and resources are made available.

They have a great calendar too for US16. Who would have thought?

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