Stories for July 18, 2011
A grisly discovery of more than 400 mutilated bodies in Mexico is turning history on its head. Exploring the archeology of the site, the forensics of the bones and beautiful but grotesque codices that document the events, this program paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the conquistadors and rewrites much of what we thought we knew about the Aztec civilization.
In "The Great Inca Rebellion," NOVA and National Geographic go to an impoverished suburb of Lima, Peru, where an ancient cemetery crammed with mummies is excavated by Peruvian archaeologist Guillermo Cock. In a truly startling find, he discovers corpses that differ from all the rest. They have been hastily buried and disfigured by multiple, appalling wounds and fractures. Forensic experts help to determine that these remains are victims of a battle that pitted club-wielding Inca warriors against Spanish cavalry.
In the first of two stories on counterterrorism training, NPR reports on one training session that turned a state employee into a suspect.