A discovery in the rubble of a studio for royal scribes with a taste for art should settle down talk of doomsday. A team of U.S. archeologists excavating the ruins of a Mayan city in remote Guatemala have found calendars discrediting the idea that the Mayans predicted an apocalypse in December 2012.
Writings on the wall of the studio show the Mayans had calendars that went far beyond 2012, the year that popular doomsday culture says the vanished civilization believed the world would end. (More here about the calendars.) The art find was equally important. Two of the three standing masonry walls of the studio were decorated with a faded mural, including a painting of a seated king with a scepter and wearing blue feathers, intact despite the humidity of the Guatemalan lowlands. (Images: Tyrone Turner, National Geographic)