The Ancients

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is home to monumental pyramids, temples, and is a treasure trove of archaeological findings. Built in the early 5th century by the Maya, it has provided invaluable insight into Maya civilisation; from discoveries of sporting arenas to ancient feathered serpents, it’s allowed an image of Mayan daily life to be created. But what specifically does Chichen Itza tell us about Mayan society – and what can it tell us about the collapse of Mayan civilisation?

In this episode, Tristan welcomes Annabeth Headrick back to the podcast to talk about this incredible site, and to shine a light on recent discoveries that have been made there. Exploring the immense architecture and art, ancient religions, and precious gemstones and metals discovered – what can we learn about this impressive wonder of the world, and what does it tell us about the Maya?

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