Anthony Aveni
"Today's foremost archaeoastronomer" disputes the "2012 doomsday"

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Dr. Anthony Aveni

Anthony F. Aveni (A.B. Boston University, Ph.D. University of Arizona) is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy1, Anthropology, and Native American Studies, serving appointments in both Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. He has also served in visiting appointments at the University of South Florida, the University of Colorado, Tulane University and the University of Padua, Italy.2

Dr. Aveni's book "Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico" helped to establish the field of archaeoastronomy, and serves as a basic introductory textbook for it.3.

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Dr. Aveni has written an article which appeared on in 2009 titled Apocalypse Soon? where he states:

… the glorious achievements of the Maya and other complex cultures of the ancient world are appealing enough on their own. We don't need to dress them up in Western or apocalyptic clothing.4

Read the entire article at

The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012

Dr. Aveni has also published a book titled The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 20125 in which he explores some of the claims made about 2012, specifically with regard to the Maya. This book has been well received by Mayanists and astronomers alike. Some of the reviews on Amazon state:

"Anthony Aveni delivers the goods on 2012. This isn't really a book about the Maya. It's about us. Read it now while there's still time." —E.C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory

"This marvelously informative book should dispel all fears of worldly disasters or transformations that December 21, 2012 might bring." —Grant D. Jones, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Davidson College

"Today's foremost archaeoastronomer explains what 2012 meant to the Maya and, more importantly, what it has come to mean for us… . a must for anyone interested in the year 2012." —Elizabeth Hill Boone, Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, Tulane University

"… out of the hundreds of books that have been published to date on the theme of Maya predictions or prophecies for 2012 only the two reviewed here stand out as works of sober, informed scholarship within scientific and historic paradigms. Their erudition and throroughness should make it clear to any discerning reader that they are in an entirely different category of scholarship that the majority of what is offered to the general public." —Archaeoastronomy


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