That whole thing about the Maya Calendar and the solstice...
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 12:00 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Nov 18, 2012 9:46 AM
That whole thing about the Maya Calendar and the solstice...Two respected scholars (Simon Martin and Joel Skidmore) have just published a convincing case for what many have suspected for quite some time: that the most commonly-cited correlation of the Long Count and Julian Calendars (proposed by Eric Thompson a long time ago) cannot be correct and, therefore, that 188.8.131.52.0 does not fall on the winter solstice of this year but rather on the 24th of December.
The article is here: http://www.mesoweb.com/pari/publications/journal/1302/Correlation.pdf
Worth a look if for no other reason than to get a sense of what real decipherment and "calendar math" look like.
(Cross-posted in Mexico)
Nov 18, 2012 1:08 PM
Nov 18, 2012 3:06 PM
2Although I suppose that depends on how close you are to the international date line. Those living in Guam may want to pick up a few stocking stuffers for Christmas morning, just so those final few minutes aren't too awkward...
Nov 19, 2012 4:00 AM
3+A Long Count date is similar to a Julian Day Number
in that both record the number of days elapsed from a
base date. The Long Count 184.108.40.206.4 records what
has been termed a “Maya Day Number” of 1,704,204
days since 220.127.116.11.0 4 Ajaw 8 Kumk’u, as follows:
11 Bak’tuns = 1,584,000 days
16 K’atuns = 115,000 days
13 Tuns = 4,680 days
16 Winals = 320 days
4 K’ins = 4 days
Given that the Julian Day Number for July 16, 1553, is
2288488, Thompson’s initial calculation arrived at the
2288488 Julian Day Number
- 1704204 Maya Day Number
Whoooeee I'm sure glad that is cleared up. I was worried asslikus.
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