The Rise and Fall of the Maya

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The Rise and Fall of the Maya

Synopsis

Despite decades of research, many mysteries remain about the ancient Maya. Now, archaeologists are unearthing new clues that transform long held ideas about how these people came to dominate vast areas of Mexico and Central America. Through immense lost monuments, ancient inscriptions and new forensic evidence, this series tracks the Maya from their earliest origins all the way to the present day, unlocking the dark secrets of the rise and fall of the 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.