Engineering An Empire

Season 1 Episode 7

Maya: Death Empire

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2006 on The History Channel
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Maya: Death Empire
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See the engineering feats of the Maya.

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The view from the top of Temple IV at Tikal was the backdrop for the Massassi Temples in the movie Star Wars.

      • In 1985 Pacal's burial mask was stolen from a Museum in Mexico. Fortunately, four years later the mask was recovered.

      • They Maya had developed the concept of zero by the 4th century A.D. but the Europeans wouldn't understand the concept until 800 years later.

      • Chichen Itza is renowned for its Well of Sacrifice. It is said that humans and precious objects were tossed into the sinkhole as offerings to the rain god Chaak.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Deep within the jungle cryptic remains of a lost civilization, one that spanned a continent for more that 1,000 years. They were the ancient Maya, their rulers filled their cities with sky high pyramids, ornate palaces and lavish plazas. They were masters of their environment, then after generations of prosperity and innovation the ancient civilization collapsed, turning bustling cities into ghost towns, to be reclaimed by Mother Nature. Centuries later answers to they mystery surrounding these majestic people and the god-like kings who ruled them tell a story of conquest, ingenuity and disaster.

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      • Commentators:

        Simon Martin
        University of Pennsylvania

        Stephen Houston
        Brown University

        Rodrigo Liendo
        University of Yucatan

        William Fash
        Harvard University

        Christopher Powell
        Maya Exploration Center

        Rafael Cobos
        National University of Mexico

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