In a story worthy of Indiana Jones, a team of German archaeologists have finally decoded the ancient "Dresden Codex", a Mayan book originating from the 11th century. The team, led by Mayan expert Joachim Rittsteig, used the new information to pinpoint the theoretical location of the Mayan capital of Atlan, submerged under Lake Izabal, the largest lake in Guatemala. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 666 BC. Lost along with the city were 2,156 gold tablets upon which the ancient civilization recorded their laws.
Joachim Rittsteig has dedicated most of his life to translating the codex and we wish him the best of luck. The Dresden Codex contains most of what we know today of the lost Mayan civilization. The last chapter describes the apocalypse which it says will take place December 12th, 2012.