There is a serious point about publishing archaeology here. What are archaeologists and Maya scholars doing to counter such nonsense? I know of some serious scholarly efforts, for example:
- Tony Aveni's new book: Aveni, Anthony F. (2009) The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. Excellent book, like all of his work, with insights for both the general public and the expert.
- Mark Van Stone's outstanding scholarly analysis of the Maya calendar and the meaning of 2012: "It's Not the End of the World: What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012." This is on the FAMSI website. For students and professionals, this is a great resource (I stole some of his powerpoint slides for a public lecture I gave recently on 2012).
The 2012 phenomenon provides an excellent opportunity to teach people about the Maya calendar and Maya culture, and to dispel silly ideas about the end of the world. Are we taking up the challenge?
ps - As an Aztec specialist, I am always getting jealous about the Maya. They have more archaeologists, more sites, more romantic ruins (lost cities in the jungle and all that), a better writing system, a better calendar, much more publicity, etc. etc. etc. Maya, Maya Maya. But who actually predicted the end of the world? The Aztecs, that's who. But who gets the credit for bogus world-destruction prophecies? The Maya. Just one more thing that is terribly unfair to the Aztecs, one more slight to take offense at. Just wait until 2027! Maybe the Aztec predictions will actually come true! That will show 'em!