10. The Amazon

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The Amazon basin is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. It is a vast expanse of thick jungle inhabited by small tribes who live the same way that they have done for millennia.

Well actually, probably not.

More and more evidence is coming to light which suggests that the region was actually home to large populations, organised states and even cities. This episode looks at these discoveries and what they mean for our understanding of the Amazon.

A map of the Amazon basin and its rivers. Everything in darker green forms part of the region. Sourced from Wikipedia – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amazonrivermap.svg

5. The Aztec – Part 2

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Several weeks late, I have finally got around to re-recording the second episode on the Aztec.

This time we discover how the Aztec moved from a small alliance of cities to a vast empire. We also examine their region, their gruesome penchant for human sacrifice and how they structured their society.

A view of central Mexico City. This is what the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan looks like today.

9. Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean – Part 2

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Today we continue our exploration of Colombia and the Caribbean. We look at several mysterious civilisations who left us impressive evidence of their existence, but no clues as to who they were. We then move on to the Caribbean and look at the Taino and Carib peoples. We get to the bottom of the El Dorado myth, and try to determine of the Caribs really the ferocious cannibals they were said to be.

 

One of the statues at San Agustin
The village of Tierradentro
Pottery in one of Tierradentro’s tombs