Skooter reporting 05/12/12
In the Mayan ruins, archaeologists have discovered a small room where royal scribes seemingly used walls like a scoreboard to keep track of astronomical data and the society's complicated calendar some 1,200 years ago.
The walls bare the oldest known astronomical tables from the Maya. Scientists already knew that the Mayans must have been taking and keeping notes at that time, but to date the oldest known examples dated from about 600 years later.
Astronomical data were explanation to the Mayan calendar, which has become highlights recently because of doomsday warnings that it predicts the end of the world this coming December. Experts argued that the said record makes no such prediction. They say the new discovery provides a bit of backup: The calculations include a time span longer than 6,000 years that could extend well beyond 2012.
The recent discovery was reported in the Friday’s issue of the Journal Science by Anthony Aveni of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. and expert on Mayan astronomy and William Saturno of Boston University.
Archaelogists describes the room as bigger than 6-feet square and is a part of a large complex of Mayan ruins in the rain forest at Xultun in northeastern Guatemala. On the walls shows portraits of a seated king and some other figures, but they believed those have no connection to the astronomical writings
One wall shows a calendar based on phases of the moon that covers at least 13 years and in the adjacent wall are numbers revealing four time spans from 935 to 6,700 years. Scientists didn’t know what they figures represent but they speculated the scribes were doing calculations that combined observations from important astronomical events like the movements of planets.