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The Stone at the Centre

Dr Jago Cooper visits the ruins of Tiwanaku in the Bolivian Andes and finds evidence of an ancient people with amazing understanding of their environment.

Deep in the Bolivian Andes at the height of 13,000ft stands Tiwanaku, the awe-inspiring ruins of a monolithic temple city. Built by a civilisation who dominated a vast swathe of South America, it was abandoned 1,000 years ago. For centuries it has been a mystery - how did a civilisation flourish at such an altitude and why did it vanish?

Jago Cooper journeys through Bolivia's spectacular landscape to investigate the origins of Tiwanaku and finds evidence of an ancient people with amazing understanding of their environment, whose religion was based on collective effort and ritual beer drinking.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jago Cooper
Producer Craig Collinson
Director Craig Collinson
Series Producer Mary Downes

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