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April 11 2013

End of the world: Mayan calendar 'pinpointed by carbon dating'


Experts have long wrangled over how the Mayan calendar - which leapt to global prominence last year when the superstitious said it predicted the end of the world - correlates to the European calendar.

Texts and carvings from this now-extinct culture describe rulers and great events and attribute the dates according to a complex system denoted by dots and bars, known as the Long Count.

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