Quest for the Lost Maya Documentary

We wanted to alert our readers and users in the United States about a very interesting documentary: “Quest for the Lost Maya.” It aired on PBS last night (in most locations) and is available online as a streaming video.

This documentary follows three archaeologists–George Bey, Bill Ringle, and Tomás Gallareta Negrón–exploring the remains of a forgotten Mayan kingdom in the Puuc region of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Although it has been usually assumed that the northern Mayan kingdoms of the Yucatán were inferior in wealth and culture when compared to the southerly kingdoms based in what is present-day Guatemala, new research is suggesting just the opposite. This documentary surveys the northern Mayan experience and apogee, from the Pre-Classic era (c. 800 BCE) to the collapse of the Classical era (c. 900 CE). Please click here to access the program’s homepage and be sure to watch the film!

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