About the Show

The Maya were once the most powerful kings in Central America, ruling a great civilisation at a time when Europe was still in the dark ages. Then they vanished. When the Conquistadors arrived, they found empty cities. Many believe that the Maya were hit by drought. Archaeologist Kathryn Rees Tylor and epigrapher Mark Zender disagree: the worst effects of the drought would have been felt in the northern half of the Yucatan peninsula, but whatever precipitated the collapse of the Maya civilisation hit the humid south. Convinced that the truth is far more sinister, they head for the unexplored Maya heartland in search of proof.