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LisaB1962
12th Mar 2008, 13:17
Just found this. It airs March 15th.
Mayan Underground
(http://www.history.com/shows.do?action=detail&episodeId=273133)
BTW, you will probably hear the name Linda Schele during the show. She's the art history student who when down to Palenque and debunked all of von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods stuff. She was my professor in college. Brilliant woman and teacher.

naraku
12th Mar 2008, 14:18
I'll see if I can record it using my DVR. Thanks:)

RUGRLN
12th Mar 2008, 18:24
Cool...more info.

I wish I had History Channel, only got Discovery!

John Carter
13th Mar 2008, 02:24
Saw that advertised, looking forward to watching it. Interesting about the professor who debunked the von Daniken "aliens built the mayan empire" stuff, good on her. Most of that was, I believe, based on the saracophagus cover of Pacal, Lord of Palenque, that supposedly showed him at the controls of a starship instead of the symbolic representation of him communing with the gods or whatnot that it really depicted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacal_the_Great#Pacal.27s_tomb_lid

http://www.7is7.com/otto/travel/photos/20030404/palenque_62_pacaltombstone2_p.html

The other 70's pop culture conceit current at the time was that the Mayan culture disappeared because the aliens spirited them away into space, and that they were a peaceful culture that reflected the idealized conception held by the 70s "new agers". Of course, the reality was that the Mayans never left, and are still there, their culture's collapse a result of a mixture of savage inter-city wars, overpopulation as compared to available food production ability, and finally, disease and conquest of brought by the Spanish conquistadores.

LisaB1962
13th Mar 2008, 11:02
True, but that hardly makes for gripping television, does it? LOL. Between Mayan mysteries and lemmings, will we ever be able to trust our TVs again? :lol:

michael-croft
13th Mar 2008, 17:13
yeah it's on Saturday:D :D :D 15th of march 1:00p.m