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Palenque: Metropolis of the Maya
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Now, LOST WORLDS assembles a team of historical detectives to piece together clues about the extraordinary Mayan city of Palenque. The group uses evidence from recent excavations including the Mayans own sacred geometry, which underpins the city s grand design state-of-the-art scientific studies, and fascinating archival documents to digitally reconstruct the metropolis, resulting in a stunningly beautiful and historically accurate vision of Palenque at its zenith.
Using the latest technology to crack open the secrets of the past, PALENQUE brings to life one of the most glorious cities of the ancient world.
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This video is a fair overview of what remains. Why Palenque was abandoned and why the Mayan culture disintegrated is yet to be determined. Only part of Palenque has been rescued from the thick forest. Before anyone waxes too poetic, Palenque was not a safe place to be at its height: human sacrifices to the gods were common, as they were with the Aztec successors to the north. An array of deities were considered angry and intolerant. There must have been some traffic between the two cultures, but that it is not firmly established. For now there is mere speculation, which is always dangerous.
Both the Mayas and Aztecs built great cities, stone structures and pyramids, produced fine artists, sacrificed humans, and had similar gods. There are certainly enough similarities to be more deeply explored by scholars. It seems most likely that some Mayan survivors drifted northward after ca. 800 AD when Palenque was abandoned and took cultural beliefs with them, beliefs that may have taken root later in Tenochtitlan.
This video shows the great palace of the Mayan ruler, the underground aquaduct, the sports field, houses etc. It is marred somewhat with the catch-words the History Channel is so fond of: "mystery, clues, secrets, revealed," etc. and with rhetorical questions that help not at all. Still this can be recommended to the viewer who wants to see more about what was on our continent before we arrived. Knowing more about those who preceded us is harder.
Invaluable resource before arriving in the area for what is usually a brief stay. Helped with the planning as we moved to Yucatan peninsula and then to Tikal.
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very good explanation of Mayas building (civil engineering?) of their temples and pyramids utilize modern survey and engineering technology
I was really digging into American and South American history and these videos helped me do that. Well worth the time and money!Published 13 months ago by Mark Anderson
Just got back from Mexico and visited this site. Amazing. So much more could of been covered, but as this is only an hour long, covered most things.Published on January 22, 2014 by Jason Corbin