A traditional Mayan ceremony at Guatemala's Temple of the Giant Jaguar marked the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar. The calendar has sparked numerous doomsday theories, although other Mayan calendars stretch far into the future.
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Researchers have uncovered a remarkably well-preserved Maya mural and calendar markings that add perspective on Maya thinking.
National Geographic Society grantee William Saturno and his team uncovered the artwork in what was either a home or workplace abandoned hundreds of years ago. The findings are published in the May 11 issue of the journal Science and the June edition of National Geographic magazine.
A celebration marking one year until the end of the Mayan calendar has been held in the Copan ruins in Honduras. Guests included the country's President Porfirio Lobo.
December 21, 2012 is also believed to signal the end of the world according to some who study Mayan theories.
Custom calendar site CalendarLink.org raises funds and spreads awareness for the California Surf Life Saving Association.