Long Count Anniversary

A sight line for observing the meridian of the setting Sun on August 11/13 each year was the only astronomical alignment in Mexico’s oldest pyramid complex where the long count was first recorded at Teotihuacan. The Olmec had celebrated the date more than 1,000 years before Teotihuacan was built in 200 BCE, centuries before the Mayan calendar was formalized. The Olmec, who settled in Mexico by August 11/13, 3114 BCE when the long count began, were sentinels of the ancient America's jaguar tradition and equivalent to the lion of Leo and Sphinx in Egypt. The long count ended December 21, 2012.