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Introduction: Episode 3: China's Pompeii (Ancient China From Above) (04:42)


Dr. Allan Maca examines the remains of a family that was suddenly buried nearly 4,000 years ago. He and his team will explore China's past using satellite imagery, drones, and 3D imagery. Maca travels to Shimao.

Shimao (04:17)

A line of rocks leads to the discovery of a stone walled settlement in the Ordos Desert that predates the Great Wall by 2,000 years. Maca and Shao Jing discuss the structure at the center of the city. Maca's team recreates the city in 3D.

DEM and Artifacts (05:00)

Maca's team creates a photogrammetry model of Shimao and the surrounding area. Six miles of wall surround the inner city; an outer wall surrounds an additional 1,000 acres. Artifacts help experts understand how civilization develops in China.

Ancient Carvings and Lajia (06:39)

Archaeologists discover carvings on the central platform in Shimao. Why does the city appear abandoned? The Lajia community thrives during the early Bronze Age. Maca examines the remains of those buried in mud 3,900 years ago; an earthquake triggered a chain of cataclysmic events.

Cataclysmic Events (05:38)

Satellite imagery reveals evidence of a landslide 25 miles upstream from Lajia. An earthquake triggers the landslide that then causes rocks to block the Yellow River and form a quake lake. The dam breaks and water rushes downstream. Maca considers events at Shimao.

Sanxingdui and Jinsha (06:01)

Bronze relics reveal another civilization existed 500 years after Shimao; bronze heads represent Sanxingdui's ruling clans. Artifacts in Jinsha suggest the two cities belonged to the same culture. Sun Hua believes war destroyed Sanxingdui. Experts discover evidence of brutal killings at Shimao.

Shimao's Defenses and Liangzhu Earthworks (06:45)

Maca and his team use LiDAR to analyze the city's defensive design. Sarah Klassen and Wang Ningyuan investigate ancient structures in the Yangtze River delta and discover they are part of a water control system; the people abandon Liangzhu after 800 years.

Climate Change (00:0-2343)

Evidence suggests that prolonged heavy rains destroyed Liangzhu's agriculture, forcing the population to move; silt buried what remained. Approximately 3,800 years ago, monsoon weather patterns abruptly changed, turning Shimao and the surrounding region into a cold, semi-desert. Maca reflects on archaeology. (Credits)

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Episode 3: China's Pompeii (Ancient China From Above)

Part of the Series : Ancient China From Above
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Dr. Allan Maca and his team explore an ancient megacity, the biggest on the planet 4,000 years ago that mysteriously disappeared — a place where the people created Maya-like carvings and humans were sacrificed on an unprecedented scale. Discovering this lost civilization changes everything known about the origins of China, prompting Dr. Allan and his team to solve the mystery.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL283859

Copyright date: ©2020

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