Whew. Mere months before the world was apparently going to end per the Mayan calendar’s December 2012 doomsday date, an even more ancient version of the calendar has been discovered in Guatemala and features dates stretching thousands years into the future.
Researchers found the calendar in a mural in an ancient city in the Guatemalan rain forest and estimate that it was painted in approximately 800 A.D.
“The Mayan calendar is going to keep going for billions, trillions, octillions of years into the future,” archaeologist David Stuart of the University of Texas tells the Christian Science Monitor. “Numbers we can’t even wrap our heads around.”
Stuart adds that researchers never believed in the doomsday predictions anyway, saying that experts believe that the calendar doesn’t end in December, but merely starts a new cycle, or “baktun.”