In Mayan history, there were two celebrated cities locked in perennial conflict, Tikal and Calakmul. Taking advantage of this bitter rivalry, a third city managed to flourish and accede to the status of a city-state: Naachtun, or “The Kingdom of the Bat”. It helped accelerate the downfall of its two rivals and outlived them by 200 years, before disappearing in its turn. How? Why?
We follow a team of archaeologists across the Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico, in order to unravel the city’s secrets and study what survives of Mayan culture and traditions.