Cities of the Underworld

Season 2 Episode 6

Maya Underground

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 10, 2008 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • Belize is home to the second largest unbroken barrier reef in the world. It stretches nearly 200 miles and has one of the most diverse ecosystems found anywhere on Earth.

    • While the U.S. has over 19,000 airports, Belize has 43 – only 5 of which are paved.

    • Over 40% of Belize is under archaeological protection due to the extensive Maya sites found there.

    • The country of Belize could fit inside the state of New Hampshire – it's less than 9,000 square miles.

  • Quotes

    • Don Wildman: Like the ancient Romans and Egyptians, the Maya civilization was one of the most advanced in the world, with an empire that stretched throughout Central America. They dominated this region for close to 4,000 years before they mysteriously vanished. Today their great empire has been swallowed up by the jungle, but clues behind their incredible rise and devastating collapse can still be found underground. From the depths of a cave where bloody human sacrifices were desperate pleas to angry gods to evidence of savage warfare inside tombs of a royal temple, the subterranean tunnels where high priests spoke with gods of the underworld. The Maya calendar predicts apocalypse in the year 2012, for them it happened a thousand years too early, but with 2012 almost upon us the clues they left behind may hold answers to the end of their world, and possibly to ours.

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