Thursday, March 31, 2011

Talk On The End Of The World Slated In Cookeville

You may have heard the prediction that the world is coming to an end next year. The 2012 date is said to be in conjunction with the Mayan calendar, but next Tuesday, April 5, Edwin Barnhart, director of the Maya Exploration Center in Austin, Texas, will visit Tennessee Tech University to discuss why it is a misconception. Barnhart's lecture, entitled "2012 and the End of Time, Misunderstanding the Maya Calendar," will be held in Clement Hall 313 at 3 p.m.

He says the Mayan society viewed time as circular, and 2012 is when one of the Maya calendar eras ends and a new era begins. Organizers say the lecture will give the audience a good understanding of the Mayan culture, their calendars and mathematical notations. The lecture will be illustrated with pictures of pre-Columbian Mayan art and architecture. Barnhart's involvement in Mayan studies began in 1990 as an archaeological intern in the ruins of Copan, Honduras. In January 1996, he was invited to return to Copan and help the University of Pennsylvania excavate the early acropolis and the tomb of the city's lineage founder. The presentation is a Center Stage event that is free and open to the public.