Last Days of the MayaStreaming Video - 2010
Sixteen skeletons-what is left of a 9th-century Mayan royal family-are discovered in the ancient city of Cancuen. Can their remains tell us anything about the collapse of the Mayan Empire? Did disease, starvation, or drought bring about that calamity? A crack team of experts from Guatemala's Forensic Anthropology Foundation uses its experience with wartime atrocities to investigate. While environmental causes can't be ruled out, the film presents another hypothesis: that the Cancuen skeletons are the result of rivalries and other harsh realities inherent in dynastic expansion. To be specific, a need for more palaces, pyramids, and temples could have gradually drained the empire's human and material resources.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2005
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (51 min.) : sd., col., digital file