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December 21,2012 Is History; What's Next?

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) December 21, 2012 has come and gone and we're all still here.

A local anthropology professor says the people concerned about the end of the world happening early this week took the Mayan Long Count calendar out of context.

The Long Count lasts about five thousand years and was developed to keep track of periods of time longer than a typical Mayan lifetime of 52 years.

"In fact, it's very clear to scholars that there are many Maya writings on glyphs and on ceramic vessels that discuss dates way off into the future. So December 21st is the end of one cycle, but the important date is December 22nd, which is the start of a new cycle," says Professor Jim Woods, College of Southern Idaho.

So it's bad news for those of us who were expecting the end of the world on Friday, but the good news is now we'll be able to use those 2013 calendars after all.


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