What do you think will happen in 2012? Where did the predictions of the 2012 apocalypse originate? Is it just a modern myth or an ancient prophecy?

Online, in movies, on television, and in print, news has been spreading that a world-transforming apocalypse will happen in December 2012. In recent years, some have claimed that this cataclysmic event was foretold centuries ago in the calendar of the ancient Maya. More about 2012

The Maya
Ancient Maya civilization flourished long ago in what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador. Their distinctive culture gave rise to major cities by 500 BCE. More about the Maya

The Maya Calendar
The ancient Maya created several interlocking calendar systems. The Sacred Round of 260 days is the longest lasting, since it is still in use in some places today. More about the Maya calendar

Excavations at the capital of the Classic Maya kingdom of Copan have uncovered the palaces, temples, and physical remains of a royal dynasty dating from 426 to 822 CE. Copan was the capital of a large and prosperous kingdom during the Classic period (250 to 900 CE) of Maya civilization. More about Copan


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