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Between Oceans and Empires

Dr Jago Cooper explores the forgotten people of ancient Costa Rica, who built a series of spectacular settlements amongst the rivers and volcanoes.

Dr Jago Cooper explores the rise and fall of the forgotten civilisations of Central America.

His quest takes him from from the crystal blue seas of the Caribbean to the New World's most impressive pyramids, flying over the smoking volcanoes of Costa Rica and travelling deep underground in the caves of central Mexico.

He travels in the footsteps of these peoples to reveal their secrets and unearth the astonishing cultures that flourished amongst some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world.

In this episode, Jago explores the forgotten people of ancient Costa Rica, who built a series of spectacular settlements amongst the rivers and volcanoes of Central America and whose enigmatic legacy - including hundreds of mysterious, giant stone spheres - is only now being unravelled by archaeologists.

1 hour

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jago Cooper
Executive Producer Greg Sanderson
Executive Producer Ross Harper
Series Producer Graeme Hart
Producer Dominic Gallagher
Director Dominic Gallagher
Production Manager Michelle Gauntlett
Production Coordinator Catherine Ross
Editor Tim Young
Re-recording mixer John Cobban
Colourist Ian Ballantyne
Director of photography Craig Hastings
Sound Recordist Peter Prada
Location Manager Sergio Miranda
Participant Alice Samson
Photographer Aeriel Shutter
Consultant Jeffrey Quilter
Participant Ricardo Vazquez
Participant Myrna Rojas
Participant Mauricio Murillo Herrera
Participant Francisco Corralis
Participant Fernando Montero
Participant Jorge Umana Solis
Participant Roger Jeffrey Frost
Participant Jose Mora
Participant Jane Wankmiller
Participant Anagensy H Villalobos

Broadcasts

Lost Kingdoms of South America

Lost Kingdoms of South America

Dr Jago Cooper reveals the history of some of South America's ancient civilisations