CPTV Explores the Peoples of Ancient Civilizations -- Tune in Tuesday, March 17, Beginning at 8 p.m.

Release Date: 03/10/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite their ancient grandeur, the old civilizations of the Americas remain a great unknown. On Tuesday, March 17, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV, www.cptv.org) takes viewers inside the long-buried secrets of the Inca and Maya peoples, in the company of expert archaeologists. Take a journey through the past—and, from the hidden lessons of the ancient ruins, learn something new about their present day impact.  

Programming begins at 8 p.m. with Nova’s “The Great Inca Rebellion,” which tells the story of a Peruvian archaeologist as he uncovers an ancient cemetery crammed with mummies. In a startling find, he discovers corpses that differ from all the rest—their appalling bone fractures mark them as victims of a grueling battle between Inca warriors and the Spanish Cavalry. The forensic evidence left behind may be a decisive clue that helps explain a long-standing mystery about the Spanish conquest of Peru.

Travelling northward, Nova’s “Cracking the Maya Code” at 9 p.m. takes viewers to Central America for an intriguing look at the intricate Mayan system of hieroglyphs. Nova follows a handful of pioneers through one of the greatest detective stories in all of archaeology. With glorious footage of Mayan temples and art, this documentary culminates in the fascinating account of this once-magnificent ancient civilization’s ingenious method of communication.

Finally, at 10 p.m. a global look at ancient urban planning is examined via the realization that civilization began in only six areas of the world: Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, Peru and Central America. In each of these regions, people moved from small family units to build cities of thousands. What drove that choice to leave simple lives for a more complex society? The Lost Pyramids of Caral seeks the reasons behind this social movement, and sheds light on some enduring truths of civilization.

Airdates and Times

Nova: “The Great Inca Rebellion”
Airs Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

Nova: “Cracking the Maya Code”
Airs Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m.

The Lost Pyramids of Caral
Airs Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m.

About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.

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