In May of 2012, Maya scholar and independent researcher John Major Jenkins gave a presentation at the New England Archaeological Research Association in Concord, New Hampshire. He was then invited to write an article for that association’s journal, and this book is the result. It incorporates material written for the Explorers Journal and new discoveries presented at the First Izapa Round Table Conference held in Tapachula, Mexico (June 2012). It expands his astronomical research on the new “2012 inscription” from La Corona that was posted on The Center for 2012 Studies website in July 2012 and critiques the latest academic perspectives on 2012, as published in Archaeoastronomy Journal Vol. 24 in August 2012. Three brief appendices preview the very latest material to emerge in the 2012 discussion, as of October 2012, including a mysterious “third reference” to 2012 in the Maya inscriptions.
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Much has occurred in the 2012 discussion since Jenkins’s authoritative and comprehensive book, The 2012 Story, was published in 2009. This new book, Reconstructing Ancient Maya Astronomy, provides an overview and an update for anyone who wants the low down on 2012, on the eve of its passing.
Appendix 2: Lady K’abel: Planetary Deities in the Womb of the Milky Way Goddess on 220.127.116.11.0
Appendix 3: Abstract for my Forthcoming Chapter in the Benfer/Adkins Archaeoastronomy Anthology, University Press of Florida, 2013
This new book was written between August and October of 2012. It is a tightly formatted 64 pages, roughly 19,000 words. Published in October 2012 by Four Ahau Press.
John’s books have been published by six trade publishers since 1992, including Tarcher/Penguin, Borderlands Sciences Research Foundation, Sounds True, and Inner Traditions International. Four Ahau Press has been publishing John’s independently produced books since 1989. Why? The reasons why John has offered some of his publications through independent publishing are as follows: It allows the author/researcher to not be influenced by market forces, as encouraged by trade publishers, agents, and editors, to define or shape the content of their books. This is an especially relevant issue in recent years as bottom-line mandates of the marketplace, combined with an increasing thirst for salacious and stupid spectacle in all arenas, have marginalized content having intrinsic worth. The Internet, with its social media networks and free-form appropriation and plagiarizing of original copyrighted works, has blurred fact and fiction and has confused value and worthlessness, to the extent that an author is sometimes forced to compete with distorted secondary appropriations of their own work, fed back to them in the Internet zone. The author as publisher revives an old school way of presenting works, to preserve the content from distortion and the author’s creative control of how it is designed.
How to order:
The book is available for shipping as of October 15, 2012. The first run is a signed and numbered limited edition of 130 copies, packaged with John’s 3-CD audio program called Unlocking the Secrets of 2012 (Sounds True, 2007 --- 3 ½ hours of spoken word). This special offer is $20, plus $3 for shipping & handling to United States destinations. For shipping to other destinations, including Canada, please inquire: John@alignment2012.com.