National Geographic Mayan

Mysterious Maya Calendar & Mural Uncovered
October 18, 2021 – 11:01 pm
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Deep in the rain forest of Guatemala, archaeologist and National Geographic grantee William Saturno has discovered a Mayan art gem.

Buried for centuries in the Mayan city of Xultún, where tens of thousands are believed to have lived - is what may have been a Mayan home or workspace.

Inside on the walls: a well-preserved mural and some mysterious astronomical and calendar symbols.

The rocks chipped away by Saturno were apparently placed there by the Maya as a common practice to fill in structures that were no longer needed.

One wall features a seated king wearing blue feathers- seen on the far right.

And on the far left, you can see one of three male figures wearing uniform mitre-style head dresses. Such a display of a group has not been seen that way before in Mayan art.

And a third preserved wall, though badly eroded, is dominated by numerical figures, including columns of numbers representing counting and calendar calculation.

Saturno and his team say the symbols reflect a certain world view: that the Maya predicted the world would continue.

While some keep looking for endings in the Mayan calendar, he says the Maya were looking for a guarantee that nothing would change- an entirely different mindset.

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