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The Cursed Valley of the Pyramids 



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Episode credited cast:
Mark Halliley ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Jay Villiers ...
Hans Brüning
Marcello Rivera ...
Damian De La Cruz
Jean Maldonado
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernarda Delgado ...
Herself - Director, Archaeological site of Tucume
Alfredo Narvaez ...
Himself - Chief Archaeologist, Tucume
Dan Sandweiss ...
Himself - University of Maine (as Professor Dan Sandweiss)
J. Marla Toyne ...
Herself - Physical Anthropologist, Tulane University (as Marla Toyne)


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Reenactment Combining Academic Interviews with Reconstructioms
25 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

In this episode of the archeology series, presenter Mark Halliley narrates a journey to the Lambeyeque Valley of Peru, in search of the city of Tucume, an eerie place of 25 pyramids standing side by side.

Through a combination of reenactment plus testimony from a variety of academics, the program recreates the strange rituals of the people of the valley, revealing a civilization whose obsession to build pyramids eventually turned to horror, until Tucume finally vanished in a bloody frenzy of human sacrifice.

The program tells a stirring tale through a script that, to its credit, eschews too much photography in favor of plot-development. Some of the re-enactments look a little forced, but in general director Adam Laverty tells a coherent story of hubris and jealousy, as significant today as it was in ancient times.

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