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William Saturno, Maya Archaeologist: Ask Him Anything

The world is bracing itself… not necessarily for the End of Days, but more for the absurd amount of pseudo-science sure to fly around the Internet on Friday, when urban legend says that the ancient Maya said the end of the world would come. But what did the ancient Maya themselves actually believe? And what...

Archaeologist Bill Saturno backed by a Mayan mural. Photo by Jaime Saturno.

The world is bracing itself… not necessarily for the End of Days, but more for the absurd amount of pseudo-science sure to fly around the Internet on Friday, when urban legend says that the ancient Maya said the end of the world would come.

But what did the ancient Maya themselves actually believe? And what else do we know about this famous civilization?

Find out this Thursday at 4:00pm EST when National Geographic Explorer and archaeologist William Saturno answers your questions live with a Reddit: IAmA.

Never been part of an IAmA before? Take a look at this recent one from another NG archaeologist, Fred Hiebert and see what it’s all about!

IAmA National Geographic archaeologist currently searching for a sunken palace in Central Asia. AMA

 

UPDATE 12/21/12 :

The world is still here, and so is Bill Saturno’s archived Reddit: IAmA from last night. Enjoy.

 

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Andrew Howley
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.