Explore the lost world of the Maya as team of archaeologists unravel the forgotten civilization. With their mythical stories, monumental cities and mastery of astronomy and mathematics, the Maya are a huge fascination for generations of historians, explorers and historians across the world.
With a history spanning over 3000 years, the Maya rose to prominence around 250 ce and what is known to archaeologists as the Classic Period of Mayan culture lasted until about 900 ce. At its height, Mayan civilization consisted of more than 40 cities, each with a population between 5,000 and 50,000.
In this documentary we’ll seek to understand their very height of civilization and what ultimately happened to cause their decline. Many different reasons have been given by scholars to explain this downfale of the Maya civilization, including that of overpopulation, environmental degradation, warfare, shifting trade routes and extended drought.
But is there more to the story of their collapse? Travel to Central America as extraordinary new archaeology findings expand on Maya history, culture and lifestyles.
- Release date2019
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Jeremy Zipple
- Production companyNational Geographic