Less than ten miles away, Michael Patton and his assistant,
were setting up their camp just south of a trail leading to Uaxactun.
Michael Patton began writing a letter to his good
friend Leo Goodman:
"Ever since late August when Jorge came back to
camp and told me that
Watkins had murdered Raul for not killing me - I have scarcely dared to move
from my hiding spot. Because I have no way of knowing which of the
researchers are in Watkins' pay, I can't risk showing myself to
will not return to Tikal until I can be sure that whatever happens to me, you
will know all the clues I now have as to the location of the lost Jaguar
City. Perhaps you could get there before Watkins.
By my calculations, the date on the new Stela fragment
from near Temple
IV records the eighth Katun anniversary of the earlier date 18.104.22.168.4 9 Kan
That very date, 9 Kan 17 Ceh, appears on the jade
Now this date, Leo, deals with a Venus event. I
believe that on that
date, 22.214.171.124.4, which I equate to be October 28 A.D. 627, Venus rose in
line made by the location of the Jaguar City - itself recorded on both the
pendant and the Stela fragment by the glyphs. In order to firmly establish
that alignment, a third point is necessary. The third point is none other
than Temple IV at Tikal.
As you know, the temple was built some 160 years
after A.D. 627, but
the Venus event is recorded on the later Stela. So, the Maya must have
remembered the event and re-marked it with that Stela.
There's more proof: if you recall the Stela
fragment in Maler's
photograph in the Peabody Museum catalog, there is a "count
with an interval of 126.96.36.199.0 or 435, 880 days. If you take my fragment
date and add 435,880 days to it, you arrive at 188.8.131.52.4 which equates to
December 4, 2002. A 'cracked earth' event is predicted for that day, which
of course, is tomorrow. Soon, we will know how good the Maya were at
I must be at the temple tomorrow to make the critical
sighting. As soon
as I take the sighting, I plan to leave the Petan by a secret route that
Jorge and I have arranged with Clarence Macomber. No matter what happens
me, I know that Jorge will deliver this message. Please see that he is
Michael read the letter aloud to check for mistakes and
then sealed it
in an envelope and gave it to Jorge, who placed it in his shirt. Neither
the men noticed the chiclero crouched in a nearby tree.
Ancient Man Pt. 6
Tamika felt fuzzy as she awoke. She vaguely
remembered Manuel had
injected them with something before she faded into unconsciousness.
She sat up now and looked over at Declan. He had
tried to fight and
ended up with a bluish-black bruise on his forehead. Tamika reached
to stroke the spot and he slowly woke from unconsciousness. He immediately
sat up and looked around.
"Where the hell are we?" he asked.
"I think we're in the temple - Temple IV to be
exact. By the way, we
have a friend over there."
They didn't know it, but they were looking at the badly
decomposing body of
"My guess is that he starved to death."
She looked away in disgust as
she realized that she was hungry.
Declan was up looking for a way out; although, he knew
wouldn't be one.
"We're stuck in here, aren't we?" She
knew that he had been trying to
spare her feelings.