Posted by: Johan Normark | December 3, 2012

2012: David Stuart on the “end date”

David Stuart appears in this short section on The Academic Minute. He mentions his work on the long Long Count (at Coba), which I need to cover on this blog before December 21 (as promised). There is also a brief coverage of his discovery at La Corona earlier this year (never mentioned on this blog since I was either in Vietnam or Indonesia on vacation and stayed away from the internet as much as possible).



  1. Stuart´s article will be good news to a certain unfortunate victim of 2012 hype:

    “Being the guy who says the Maya did not predict the end of the world in 2012 does not make you very popular,” Jenkins says.

    How cruel of you nasty academics to go so long without letting JMJ know he’s not the only one saying this.

  2. Indeed, we have done so just to annoy him because we are envious of his many skills. Unfortunately, none of use can beat him at his greatest skill which is spreading BS.

  3. Poor John Major Jenkins. He’s feeling frustrated, irritated, misrepresented and misunderstood again.

    He must be on some sort of media blitz to milk everyone for sympathy. Or can he really be on this pity pot? Either way, if you´re looking for a moneymaking opportunity, think about bidding on the Official JMJ Crying Towel concession for his next event.

  4. I’ve been following your informative and thought provoking blog for quite a while. Thanks for your perspectives on the popularization of the Maya Long Count Calendar.

    I am curious to know what you think about this CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcast Corp.) presentation on the topic:

    The End of Days | Ideas with Paul Kennedy

    “By the time the Spanish arrived in the mid-16th century, the Maya civilisation was long past its peak; what remained was largely destroyed by the conquerors, but not all. From some small seeds we can re-imagine this lost civilization, and what we learn is wondrous indeed. In popular myth, we are told that the Maya predicted the end of the world on December 21st of this year. Spoiler alert – it’s not true, that’s not what they predicted, but this moment in time is a grand opportunity to look at how the Maya used their famous calendars, and what they believed about where we come from, and where we’re going.”

    • Thanks for the link. Unfortunately I do not have time to listen to it before the “end”. It is an interesting group of people they have gathered.


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