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http://news.discovery.com/history/mayan-calendar-discovery-doomsday-120511.html

The oldest-known version of the ancient Maya calendar has been discovered adorning a lavishly painted wall in the ruins of a city deep in the Guatemalan rainforest.

The hieroglyphs, painted in black and red, along with a colorful mural of a king and his mysterious attendants, seem to have been a sort of handy reference chart for court scribes in A.D. 800 -- the astronomers and mathematicians of their day. Contrary to popular myth, this calendar isn't a countdown to the end of the world in December 2012, the study researchers said.

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So this calender is the oldest known example from 800 AD ? I thought the calendars could be traced back several centuries before Christ and were probably inherited from previous civilizations? Is it just the dating 'system' that can be traced back?

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