Rise And Fall Of The Maya

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Rise And Fall Of The Maya

Synopsis

The ancient Maya were one of the greatest civilizations in human history. Yet decades of research have failed to unlock their deepest secrets. This series follows archaeologists unearthing new evidence that transforms long held ideas about the society; their origins, how they learned to build towering pyramid, the development of sophisticated calendars, why they abandoned their vast cities and what happened when the Spanish invaded. We join archaeologists using the latest technology to pinpoint structures hidden in thick forests and uncovering immense monuments and pyramids that could have been made by the earliest Maya.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Origins

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    In June 2020, scientists discover Aguada Fenix, a monumental 3,000-year-old Maya structure and uncover the secrets of this ancient monument.

  • Civilization

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    New evidence unearthed in Mexico’s Yucutan is transforming long held ideas about the growth of the Maya civilization.

  • Collapse

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    The series of events that lead the ancient Maya to abandon many pyramid-filled cities has long puzzled archaeologists. Now, new investigations in Mexico and Guatemala are exposing surprising evidence about why these great monuments were deserted.

  • Resilience

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    Archaeologists unearth new clues about the resurgence of the ancient Maya civilization and the devastating events that would ultimately lead them to abandon their cities for good. Investigations also reveal evidence of extreme resilience in the face of catastrophe.