The Mayans, some of whom lived here in Guatemala, didn't predict the world ending in 2012, UA anthropologist says.

Talk of the world ending in 2012, based on interpretations of the Mayan calendar, is on the rise as the new year begins.

But it's not an idea to be taken seriously, University of Arizona Anthropology Professor Daniela Triadan says.

"It's bogus," Triadan says. "Nothing will be happening."

Triadan's research has included extensive looks at the Mayan civilization in Belize and Guatemala, where she co-directs the Aguateca Archaeological Project in Guatemala. That research examines social, political and economic organization and its change.

She explains that the Mayan calendar does not say that the world is coming to an end, but somehow that perception has persisted. She bases her information on the Mayan calendar and artifacts she has studied at several locations in Guatemala.

"Maya were thinking about even more time instead of envisioning the end of time," Triadan says. "They're actually telling us in the classic period that they are seeing more time."