Archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper reveals the extraordinary history of some of South America's ancient civilisations throughout January on BBC4.
Episode 1 - January 14th 9:00pm - BBC4
Archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper embarks on an epic journey into the remote Peruvian Andes in search of the mysterious Chachapoya people. Once numbering half a million, they were known as the 'People of the Clouds'. Dr Cooper reveals how they developed sophisticated methods of recording stories, traded in exotic goods found hundreds of miles from their territory, and had funeral traditions that challenge assumptions about ancient human behaviour. His search for evidence takes him to astonishing cliff tombs untouched for 500 years and one of the most spectacular fortresses in South America, where the fate of the Chachapoya is revealed.
Episode repeated on - January 17th 10:00pm - BBC4 and next shows 28 Jan & 04 February
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