Season 28, Episode 4 Lost King of the Maya

First Aired: February 13, 2001

Following archaeologists and scholars as they get to the bottom---literally---of a dynasty that ruled from the city of Copan (in present-day Honduras) from A.D. 426 to 820. The dynasty's founder, Yax K'uk Mo (whose skeleton is seen in the program), presided over a highly advanced civilization of astute astronomers. But their astronomy had a dark purpose: to track the planet Venus, which represented their god of ritual warfare and bloody sacrifice. Hector Elizondo narrates.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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