Hi Mark,

My publicist at Tarcher is going to send you some info on my book.

Tortuguero is indeed an important monument for understanding how the Classic Period Maya thought about 2012. Because the 2012 date was referenced (or "evoked") with a distance number connecting it to a local 7th-century AD building dedication, they clearly though of 2012 as an Era-Creation event. Not surprising, really. However, notice in the following exchange on Stephen Houston and David Stuart's word press epigraphy blog, that they are evasive and withhold the obvious conclusion:

http://decipherment.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/what-will-not-happen-in-2012/

Notice that Stuart's final comment, in reponse to mine, still evades the point.

The cycle ending falls on a solstice (December 21, 2012). For TWENTY years I have been asking scholars why they didn't think this was a good indication that 2012 was an intentional artifact of the Long Count. For 19 years they have said "it must be a coincidence." Scholars never dropped the ball on treating 2012 rationally, as a true artifact of the Long Count, because they never picked the ball up. It has fallen to independent investigators, like myself, Geoff Stray, and now Dr. Michael Grofe, to lead the investigation.

The first academic 2012 conference was held at Tulane University in New Orleans in February of this year. I went, recorded the proceedings, and what transpired is featured in a chapter in my forthcoming book: The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History (Tarcher/Penguin, October 2009). Maya scholar Anthony Aveni, who keynoted the conference, had to be forced by a question I asked to consider the primary fact that leads into a rational investigation of 2012: that the cycle ending falls on a solstice. Scholars have almost universally been content to mock and ridicule that silliest New Age doomsday or ascension notions, but have not investigated Izapa (the origin of the Long Count) or Tortuguero's entire inscription. In addition, the role of Tortuguero's king, Balam Ahau, involved a special relationship he claimed with 2012 and Bolon Yokte. The reason why has been identified by Michael Grofe, and is covered in the following excerpt from my book:

"Things That Go Bump in the Dark Rift" and "The King and the Dark Rift" (two sections from Chapter 7).

Mark,
I hope this helps and we can focus on the real information of importance in this whole 2012 discussion. The Maya thought of cycle endijgs, like 2012, as times of transformation and renewal. It's a general cosmovision that does not include the kinds of specific prognostications that Western minds want. There is a spiritual teaching in the Creation Myth (Popol Vuh) that relates to 2012, and might be considered a "prophecy," but it distracts from the main area of importance. My previous books explored various aspects of these different cosmology and calendrical questions:

Journey to the Mayan Underworld (1989)
Tzolkin (1992/94)
The Center of Maya Time (1995)
Izapa Cosmos (1996)
Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (1998)
Galactic Alignment (2002)
Pyramid of Fire (with Marty Matz, 2004)
Unlocking the Secrets of 2012 (2007)

I was interviewed recently on Fox news - Google "Sean Hannity Fox 2012" - it's on Youtube. Feel free to call again or email. I'll send Michael Grofe's email in a moment. Best wishes,

John Major Jenkins
http://Alignment2012.com