posted on May, 6 2004 @ 11:27 PM
We find Long Count dates in the archeological record beginning with the baktun place value and separated by dots. For example: 220.127.116.11.0 equals 6
baktuns, 19 katuns, 19 tuns, 0 uinals and 0 days. Each baktun has 144000 days, each katun has 7200 days, and so on. If we add up all the values we
find that 18.104.22.168.0 indicates a total of 1007640 days have elapsed since the Zero Date of 0.0.0.0.0. The much discussed 13-baktun cycle is completed
1872000 days (13 baktuns) after 0.0.0.0.0. This period of time is the so called Mayan "Great Cycle" of the Long Count and equals 5125.36 years.
But how are we to relate this to a time frame we can understand? How does this Long Count relate to our Gregorian calendar? This problem of
correlating Mayan time with "western" time has occupied Mayan scholars since the beginning. The standard question to answer became: what does
0.0.0.0.0 (the Long Count "beginning" point) equal in the Gregorian calendar? When this question is answered, archeological inscriptions can be put
into their proper historical context and the end date of the 13-baktun cycle can be calculated. After years of considering data from varied fields
such as astronomy, ethnography, archeology and iconography, J. Eric S. Thompson determined that 0.0.0.0.0 correponded to the Julian date 584283, which
equals August 11th, 3114 B.C. in our Gregorian calendar. This means that the end date of 22.214.171.124.0, some 5125 years later, is December 21st, 2012
I would have liked to returned the Long date value for this date to see what ISP it related to, but unfortunately ISP's have only 4
for example: 255.255.255.0
Perhaps Sapphire has some recommendations?