Ok, so the world won't technically "end" - though we can't rule out severe weather should major storms hit - even if a catastrophe does unfold on December 21, 2012, but archaeologists have confirmed the so called Mayan "end date" in a newly discovered hieroglyphic. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
The 1,300-year-old inscription is described as one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades. Most of the inscription, carved into a stone abandoned by looters, deals with political history - but there is a reference to 'the end' in a passage about a king's return.
The 'apocalypse' refers to the end of a cycle of 5,125 years since the beginning of the Mayan Long Count calendar in 3113 B.C.
In the Mayan calendar, the long calendar count begins in 3,114 BC and is divided roughly into 294- year periods called Baktuns. Mayans held the number 13 sacred, and the 13th Baktun ends on December 21, 2012. The inscriptions depict the visit to La Corona by the ruler of a nearby Mayan city after a stinging military defeat, apparently in an effort to reassure worried allies. According to a recent poll, nearly 10% of people think the Mayan calendar could signify the apocalypse will happen in 2012.