Ancient Maya Metropolis

Season 48 Episode 22 | 53m 32s | Video has closed captioning.

The ancient ancestors of today’s Maya people thrived in large sophisticated cities across Central America for centuries. Why, around 750 CE, did they begin to abandon many of their major cities? Archaeologists investigate dramatic new evidence of the catastrophic droughts and instability that pushed cities beyond their limits.

Aired: 01/26/22

Expires: 12/28/24

Rating: TV-PG

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