Mesoamerica

WONDERS OF MEXICO
The Burning North

WONDERS OF MEXICO: The Burning North

 

A journey across Northern Mexico reveals a desert rich in life. From prairie dogs fighting snakes, bats hunting scorpions and tiny owls living in giant cacti, its animals have found clever ways to survive against the odds.

 

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NATIVE AMERICA
Cities of the Sky

NATIVE AMERICA: Cities of the Sky

 

Discover the cosmological secrets behind America’s ancient cities. Scientists explore some of the world’s largest pyramids and 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River; native elders reveal ancient powers of the sky.

 

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FIRST CIVILIZATIONS
War

 

FIRST CIVILIZATIONS explores Mesoamerica, the Middle East and the Indus Valley to learn how and why early humans created villages, towns, cities and states, establishing the blueprint for the modern world.

 

War
This episode examines the process of “destructive creation” – the idea that fear, rivalry and conflict strengthen community bonds, while stimulating an arms race of technological progress.

 

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: The Story of Chocolate

GLOBE TREKKER Food Hour: The Story of Chocolate

 

For centuries, people the world over have turned to the delicacy of chocolate for rituals, medicine, romance and sheer pleasure. In this informative and entertaining documentary, Trekker Judith Jones reveals how our love affair with chocolate began in Mesoamerica, present-day Southern Mexico and Central America, where people living deep in the tropical rainforests discovered the edible properties of Theobroma cacao, referred to as “the food of the gods.” With fellow Trekkers from around the world, Judith discovers the extraordinary popularity behind the pleasure of chocolate.

 

SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings

 

Follow a team of scientists exploring royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan. After decades of research, these imperial burial chambers may reveal clues about the long-lost Teotihuacan culture and its mysterious people.

 

FIRST PEOPLES
Americas/Africa

 

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

 

Americas
As early humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was colonizing the Americas because a huge ice sheet blocked the route. It has long been thought that the first Americans were Clovis people, who arrived 13,000 years ago. But an underwater discovery in Mexico suggests people arrived earlier — coming by boat, not on foot. How closely related were these early Americans to today’s Native Americans? It’s an emotive issue, involving one of the most controversial fossils in the world, Kennewick Man.

 

Africa
200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have long imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. Now, the DNA of a 19th-century African-American slave reveals that during the early days of our species, our ancestors continued meeting, mating and hybridizing with other human types in Africa – creating ever greater diversity within us.