11 Dec 2012 12:04 PM EST
-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: A calendar discovered this summer in Xultún, a Maya site in Guatemala, debunks the popular December 21, 2012 apocalypse myth. (Image Source: William Saturno and David Stuart / National Geographic)
Despite the fact that Boston University Professor William Saturno uncovered a Mayan calendar earlier this year that debunks the Mayan apocalypse myth, millions of people around the world are still set on believing that the world will end on December 21, 2012.
With just 10 days left before the supposed prediction is proven true or false, Saturno told BostInno that he is confident in his findings from the excavation in Guatemala at Xultún, which he and undergraduate student Maxwell Chamberlain led this past summer.
“The Mayan calendar does not end,” Saturno explained. “It’s a cycle of time.”
Saturno explained that the calendar reset last in August of 3114 B.C., and “the world didn’t end then.” The calendar instead started a new cycle, as it will do again on December 21. The cycle lasts for 1,872,000 days.
“The Maya stopped recording dates in this calendar in the 10th century,” Saturno said, adding that modern Mayans do not use the same calendar. “I don’t know why people are so worried that the Maya knew when the world would end even though they never made a prediction the world was ending.”
Saturno also went on to explain that even modern Mayans were clueless about the myth of their calendar—and thus the world—ending.
“This whole idea of the end of time only exists in modern pop culture,” he explained.