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April 22, 2021

Maya Myth Moment–Who Were The Maya

Maya Myth Moment–Who Were The Maya

Today’s Maya Myth Moment includes Dr. Mark Van Stone and a video excerpt from 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya from our book for iPad.

In this video, Dr. Van Stone discusses who the Maya really were.  Some of the issues they faced, and how we’ve projected upon them things from our modern day perspective they couldn’t have possibly known about more than 1,000 years ago.

As we continue to countdown to Dec. 21, 2012, check out our book for iPad on the Maya.  Visit MVS2012.com for more information. You will five 53 videos, including this one, where Dr. Van Stone and 14 other Maya scholars serve to educate the public about who these people really were and to dispel much of the nonsense that has been generated around them.

Archaeoastronomy or Cultural Astronomy? Which Term Do You Use?

By Donny Claxton

It’s my second full day at the Society for American Archaeology meeting here in Memphis and wow, did I ever learn a lot today. Regrettably, I wasn’t able to attend a single session or paper reading.  The day was spent filming video interviews of Dr. Anthony Aveni, Dr. John Carlson, Dr. Susan Milbrath and a host of other scholars from around the country who specialize in Maya studies. It is because of their studies, each knows a fascinating amount of information about the Maya and any doomsday predictions for Dec. 21, 2012.

Dr. Anothony Aveni SAA meeting 2011

Today, there also were discussions with Dr. Aveni and Dr. Carlson about using the term “Cultural Astronomy” as opposed to “Archaeoastronomy.”

(I want to straighten one thing up here while I can.  We use the Twitter name @Archeoastronomy–without the A behind the H, in part because Twitter would only allow enough characters to spell it that way.  I also realized today that I’ve been spelling Archeology without the A behind the H, too, which apparently is accepted by the dictionary, but AP Style book says to include the A, so from hence forward on the site, so shall be the policy.)

The discussion with Dr. Aveni went along the lines that the term “Archaeoastronmy” has been tarnished by crack pots who have come along and jumped on the term and taken it in weird directions.  This is me saying this, not Dr. Aveni, but the people from the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens show come to mind.

Dr. Aveni did say that even though that even the likes of Eric Van Daniken haven’t been entirely bad for the field because even with his wild psuedo-scientific claims, he’s generated an interest in the field that has brought actual scholars into its arena of study.  His point was that there are many scholars in the world today who would never have studied  archaeoastronomy if they hadn’t seen the wild claims of Lord Pakal’s sarcophagus cover allegedly being a depiction of him sitting in a space capsule and then went in search for the actual facts surrounding it.

Dr. John Carlson

I had really been looking forward to getting to know Dr. Carlson.  He reminds me of my maternal grandfather and is one of the kindest and smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of having a deep, and informative conversation with.

Dr. Tony Aveni

In meeting Carlson and Aveni, today really became a fascinating and incredible day to me personally.  I bought Dr. Aveni’s 2012 book, The End of Time–The Maya Mystery of 2012 and got it autographed.

I had some great one-on-one conversations wtih Dr. Carlson and if I could spend the next several years in conversations learning from these two geniuses, I’d still be starving for more knowledge. As Dr. Aveni talked on camera today, he would rattle off a citation of someone’s work from a 1978 paper and the reference being on page X, and it saying ABC and then he’d go right on to another, almost like a Sunday morning preacher citing chapters in the Bible.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.

Dr. John Carlson

Dr. Mark Van Stone

We made a lot of progress today on the development of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s first interactive book for the iPad on the 2012 meme.

I really cannot wait for this iBook to hit the market because with the interviews we’ve conducted over the past 24 hours to include in this first-of-its kind book, there literally will be no other resource like it available as we draw closer to Dec. 21, 2012.

And as I now call it a day, I’m going to bed with some incredible new knowledge, perspectives and comfort in having made some wonderful new friends.

It’s a rare occasion to have the chance to sit down with an expert in a field of study.  Today I’ve had the chance to interview two men who created their own field of study–Archaeoastronomy.  When was the last time you did that?  I bet the chances are slim it ever happens again in my life.

Archaeoastronomy v. Cultural Astronomy

So, which term do you use?  Have the likes of Van Daniken, David Childress and Giorgio Tsoukalos  tainted the word Archaeastronomy too much for your own tastes?


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2012, The Maya and The Solar Maximum

According to the world’s leading scientists at NASA, we officially have begun a new Solar Maximum.  Typically, these run like clockwork on an 11-year cycle–and somewhere in the middle of it all, there’s what they call the Solar Minimum, because there’s absolutely no sunspot activity going on at all.  Well, the first indications of this cycle seem to have begun in 2007, but predictions are that this Solar Maximum could be one of the worst one in 50 years. Does this mean we should all panic? We think not and can give plenty of legitimate, scientific and rational reasons why.

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Well, most likely, we’re going to be able to observer an increase in the number of sunspots radiating out energy from the Sun.  We will see more and wider instances of the aurora borealis and there will be more wide-spread impacts on satellite communications.  But wait, there still isn’t reason for alarm here.

When this happens, energy is released from the sun that eventually reaches the earth’s magnetosphere and as a consequence, we wind up seeing more intense expansion of the aurora borealis, making them more visible further to the south around the world.  A few years ago apparently the aurora borealis could be seen in Mexico.

The energy also can affect satellites.  Now it’s worth pointing out here that there are more of these by the year so as time goes on there very naturally is going to be a greater impact on the earth’s satellite communications network, again, because there are more satellites today than there were say, 11 years ago during the last solar maximum or 22 years ago, or 33, etc.  This means that GPS units and other telecommunications may be disrupted from time-to-time.

Is that necessarily a bad thing?


We bring all this up here because the fringe element that have tried their darnedest to scare us all into believing in some catastrophic end on Dec. 21, 2012 hang their hats on a prediction of increased solar flares, or the Solar Maximum, happening in 2012 as evidence that doomsday is upon us.

But it’s important to remember three points here:

1) Solar flares happen on 11-year cycles and most likely have been happening since the sun began burning billions of years ago. Earth is still here.  Having one in 2012 is no different than the season in 2001, or even during the big noted storm of 1958.

One site mentionsThis week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). ‘The next sunspot cycle will be 30 percent to 50 percent stronger than the previous one,’ she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.”

For one, the last Solar Maximum experienced on Earth was generally considered a mild one.  Second, if this one is going to be “second to the one in 1958,” need we remind you that those living all around the world in 1958 survived that event and we are all still here?

2)  Our resident expert, Dr. Mark Van Stone, author of “2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya”  discusses this subject in his book.  He has done extensive studies on the Maya and their prophecy.  Here is all he included about sunspots in his most recent book:   “NASA predicts an unusually powerful ‘Solar Maximum’ (sunspot season) for 2012 (though it may peak as early as late 2011). This happens every 11 years, and disrupts satellite and other electromagnetic communications.”

Our point is, Dr. Van Stone, who was very extensive in his writings about Maya glyphs, Maya architecture, history etc. makes absolutely no mention of the Maya saying ANYTHING about solar flare activity in 2012.

3) News accounts, as you can see from the links below, also note this could be the worst solar storm season endured in the past five years.  Well, we pointed out that in the period right before 2007, we were in a Solar Minimum so there were no solar flares.  To say that this flare could be worse than it was when there were none happening, well, yeah…


So before you run out worried about the solar storm we now are enduring, just think of it as something that happens once every 11 years or so.  And for Heaven’s sakes, keep an eye out on the night skies.  Have you ever seen an aurora borealis?  They are truly amazing to behold!

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2012 : What’s Really Likely To Happen–Dr. Mark Van Stone Talks to TWE

Click the Link to Play the Audio File ==>:  Dr. Mark Van Stone On What’s Going To Happen in 2012

The Dec. 21, 2012 Doomsday predictions can be pretty scary if one believes everything heard without giving it any real thought or researching the specifics of 2012 prophecy associated with the Maya.  Many have predicted the end of the world in 2012 and used the Mayan calendar and things like the “unusual” galactic alignment etc. to make far-fetched predictions about when will the world end. But the evidence that actually exists point to dramatically different conclusions than those who have been given megaphones on TV shows like Ancient Aliens on the History Channel 2.

From an excerpt in his book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, Dr. Mark Van Stone, quotes four typical predictions for events that could happen in the year 2012 based on interpretations of many scholars and amateur archeologists.  Those often include:

 “An imminent polar reversal that will wipe our hard drives clean.” — Daniel Pinchbeck

“The rare celestial alignment of our solar system, our sun, and our planet with the center of our galaxy—an event that will not happen again for another 26,000 years.” –Gregg Braden

The “dawning of a Wisdom Age … standing on the shoulders of the Information Age.” –Peter Russell

 “The December 21, 2012, date will likely be a “nonevent” similar to … the widely anticipated Y2K phenomenon.” — Robert K. Sitler

But the reality is, when the morning of Dec. 22, 2012 arrives, unless something truly bizarre happens, most of us still will be here. At most, ancient Maya writings say that the god, Bolon Yokte, is going to appear in person and yes, as Dr. Van Stone says, “put on a costume.”

Why is there so much speculation about planets aligning, magnetic poles of the Earth reversing, high numbers of solar flares from the sun affecting the communications on the planet, etc., etc. etc.  And Lord, let’s not forget the guys on Ancient Aliens.

2012: Science and Prophecy of The Ancient Maya

We’ve partnered with Dr. Van Stone to do some very special and amazing things with his book in the coming months, but for now, we are honored to share with you this audio recording with him talking about some of the predicted things that will happen in 2012.

This is just the beginning in a series of recordings with Dr. Van Stone.

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