Development and survival of Maya Culture, hypothesis and theories regarding its collapse, recent archaeological explorations, as well as secrets, myths and realities of this millenary civilization, will be raised at the documentary series “Maya Exploration” produced by The History Channel and based on scientific research conducted by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

From October 27th 2009 the television channel, leader in production of historic documentaries, will transmit “Maya Exploration”, program that will promote in Latin America the Southeast Mexico historic heritage, in an entertaining format with truthful informative contents.

The television series was presented in press conference in Mexico City at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) by Benito Taibo, INAH Divulgation national coordinator, and Cesar Coletti, The History Channel Latin America Marketing director.

“One of the main missions of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) is to promote and divulgate research done at the Institute, as well as opening the largest number of windows of opportunity possible, to bring the public closer to the greatness of our history and cultural heritage.

“For this reason, INAH decided to establish an alliance never seen before with a broadcast company, The History Channel, which will allow showing new audiences the richness and relevance of archaeological discoveries in a non conventional way, renewing the unequivocal compromise of safeguarding and conserving the legacy of the past, an ancestral heritage”, declared Benito Taibo.

Cesar Coletti commented that “we are very happy with the alliance because it will allow us to produce contents with the best academics and researchers of one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, INAH, an example for all Latin America. The History Channel and INAH have a lot of common objectives and this sum of efforts reaffirms and strengthens the compromise of promotion and preservation of culture”.

Integrated by 4 episodes, the co production will be transmitted on Thursdays at 22:00 hours, from October 27th 2009. It covers a route through Maya vestiges of Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas rainforest, Guatemalan Peten and Quintana Roo coast.

Coletti remarked this is the first of several joint projects between INAH and the History Channel. “In this moment, “El Mariachi” project is in post production phase; this second co production will deepen in this cultural phenomenon in Mexico”.  

“In 2010, with the collaboration of INAH historians, a documentary about the murder of Francisco I. Madero will be produced. As part of the series “Unidos por la Historia” (United by History), an exhaustive investigation will take place to determine the facts that originated Latin American nations, on the eve of the Bicentennial of Independence celebrations”.

“Maya Exploration” is conducted by the Mexican archaeologist Danilo Drakic from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH), is 4 hours long and counts on with the participation of acknowledged specialists and experts from Maya archaeological zones safeguarded by INAH.

Viewers will be able to know Maya region and some of its cities through their screens, and will be witnesses of the most enigmatic features of this culture. “Maya Exploration” gives account of the different collapse hypothesis, declared Miguel Brailovsky, producer of the series.

“Maya Exploration” can be watched in Mexico on Tuesdays at 22:00 with a repetition on Saturdays at the same hour, through cable or satellite television.