As I have stated in a couple of earlier posts my coverage of the 2012 phenomenon will primarily focus on academic Mayanists in the future now that I am done with Calleman’s “end date” (for now at least). Before I do this I will just briefly comment on news related to the 2012 circus.
Raul Julia-Levy continues to “inform” media about the upcoming documentary that supposedly will reveal that aliens were present at Calakmul (and other sites as well I assume). He has a photograph that depicts a monumental head/face that is claimed to have been removed from Guatemala and which now is hidden in the USA (similar arguments are typical of conspiracy theorists and makes sure that it is impossible to check the facts). Based on this photograph archaeologist Héctor Mejía (who does exist, he is a facebook contact of mine), claims that the head dates back to 3,500 and 5,000 BC. (such dating is impossible without any additional data). Mejía states that the face does not resemble any Maya, Olmec, or any other Mesoamerican style (or “race” – see the remarkable comment on “fine characteristics”). He concludes that it was created by “an extraordinary and superior civilization with awesome knowledge of which there is no record of existence on this planet”. From the context it is difficult to know if it is Mejía or just the film maker who insinuates an extraterrestrial origin. Can one believe in aliens and still be a respectable archaeologist? It all depends if you separate your personal beliefs from scientific practice. See my post on how a Mormon archaeologist has trespassed this borderline. If what the Wrap says is true (?) and Mejía believes it to be of an extraterrestrial origin, he has definitely crossed that border. However, I do not believe a word of this TV producer so I doubt that Mejía has said this.
Other news regards the supposed discovery of over a thousand codices in a LA museum. One of them is called “Windcall Codex” and on the first page of the codex it is said that five Maya performs a ceremony while holding five crystal skulls. The skulls are used throughout the codex and a transformation takes place at Chichen Itza on the last page. It has supposedly been radiocarbon dated to the 14th century (at a time when Chichen Itza primarily was a pilgrimage center, not a site of true political power). Just the fact that Hunbatz Men and Drunvalo Melchizedek are associated with these codices should be an alarm call that these are fakes.
Here is an example of one of these “lost codices” (I do not know if this is the “Windcall Codex”). I am not an expert on hieroglyphs but this codex does not look like any of the four known codices. The whole design is a mess. Other codices do not include lines from glyphs to images. The images themselves are most revealing. Most of them look like hands and arms, not the typical motif found in a codex. One of the images depicts two hands holding what looks like a head (a crystal skull?) seen from above (not the way Maya depicted heads).
I guess no 2012er cares about the authenticity of the monument (or rather the photograph) or of the codices as long as the fake fact that these “secrets” have been covered up by the government and archaeologists can confirm the authenticity of their conspiracy theories. I plan not to write anything more about 2012 for a week or so.