Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
This eight-part series examines how archaeology and anthropology allow people to see the similarities between ancient civilizations and modern societies. The programs explore how various cultures have functioned throughout time and around the world. This episode looks at some of the reasons why major societies suddenly collapsed. Special emphasis is placed on the downfall of the Roman, Mayan, and Sumerian cultures. Civilizations in North and Central America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are compared to each other.