Mayan calendar dating system

If you install the application on your i Phone, you'll be able to create your own monuments, explore the calendars, and send new Mayan monuments to friends and relatives.

You can download the application directly from i Tunes by clicking on the App Store button. When you first start this application, you're shown today's date in monument form.

Although the Mesoamerican calendar did not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements to it were the most sophisticated.

Along with those of the Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best-documented and most completely understood.

However, after 2012 came and went without incident, historians began looking for the true meaning of why the Mayan calendar system ended on that date.

The Mayans were a very religious civilization spread out around modern day Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and areas of southern Mexico.

It is useful to think of the Tzolk’in as two intermeshing gears, one inside the other, with the 13 numerals marked at intervals around the smaller gear set inside a larger one that is marked with day names denoted by glyphs.

The Maya numeral system was essentially vigesimal (i.e., base-20), and each unit of a given position represented 20 times the unit of the position which preceded it.

The Tzolk’in calendar cycle begins with the first day name, Imix’ and tone number one.

The days then continue with a combination of the next day name, Ik’ and the number two, and then the day name Ak'b'al combined with the number three and so on, the day names and tones continuing to combine in that order until 13 tones are used.

To set the stage, it will help to look at some other calendars.

That will help us lock down some of the basic ideas, plus it will give you some insight into features shared by calendars used all over the world.