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Solstice, Stonehenge and the Maya

By December 21, 2012

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It's a tradition here at Archaeology on About.com to post a solstice image from Stonehenge, taken by Matt Cardy or his colleagues, and of course today can be no different.

Winter Solstice 2012 at Stonehenge
Winter Solstice 2012 at Stonehenge. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

This year, the solstice coincided with the joyous end of a cycle--in this case the end of the ancient Maya calendar Baktun 13, and the beginning of Baktun 14. That explains the joy on this man's face: the world has not ended, despite rumors to the contrary.

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