Barnhart to discuss '2012: An End of Days?' Nov. 8 at Nebraska Union

Released on 11/02/2012, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

WHERE: Nebraska Union Centennial Room, 14th and R Streets

Lincoln, Neb., November 2nd, 2012 —
Edwin Barnhart
Edwin Barnhart

            We all have heard of the ancient Mayans' prediction that the world will end in 2012, but do we know anyone who can confirm or bust that myth?

            Renowned Maya scholar Edwin Barnhart can when he discusses "2012: An End of Days?" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Centennial Room of the Nebraska Union, 14th and R streets.

            An archeologist and explorer, Barnhart will explain the Mayan calendar, talk about Mayan culture and give us his prediction on whether we have days left to live. Admission is free for UNL students with valid NCard and is $5 for all others.

            Barnhart, Maya Exploration Center director, has two decades of experience in Mesoamerica. A fellow of the Explorers Club and teacher of National Science Foundation classes for college professors, Barnhart uses his experience to educate individuals on Mayan astronomy and sacred geometry. While working in Belize, Barnhart discovered the ancient city of Ma'ax Na (Monkey House), a major center of the Classic Maya Period. He mapped more than 600 structures at Ma'ax Na between 1995 and 1997 before moving his research focus to Chiapas, Mexico.

While working on the Palenque Mapping Project, he documented more than 1,100 new structures, bringing the site total to almost 1,500. The resultant map has been celebrated as one of the most detailed and accurate ever made of a Maya ruin.

            His appearance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is sponsored by the University Program Council, a student organization that provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs and events to enhance the UNL community. For more information visit

Writer: Karen Wills


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