The oldest evidence of a Maya divination calendar was discovered in an ancient temple

Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the oldest recorded evidence of the Mayan calendar: two murals that, when grouped together, reveal a notation known as “7 deer,” according to a new study.

The “7 deer” fragments date back to between 300 BC and 200 BC, according to radiocarbon dating by the research team. This early date indicates that this Maya The researchers said the divination calendar, also used by other pre-Columbian cultures in Mesoamerica, such as the Aztecs, has been in continuous use for at least 2,300 years, when it is still followed today by the modern Maya. (In particular, this is not the Long Count calendar that some people use used To indicate that the world will end in 2012.)

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