Lost Kingdoms of South America

The Stone at the Centre

Series 1 - Episode 2 The Stone at the Centre



How’s this for a utopian society? No autocratic rulers but a “cult of collectivism” where communities work together and gather for regular religious festivals with industrial quantities of beer. But before you all rush off to sign up, this is the Tiwanaku civilisation of the Bolivian altiplano, which managed to thrive in this inhospitable environment 1,500 years ago. Dr Jago Cooper talks breathlessly (well, he’s at more than 13,000ft most of the time) with local experts; you get the feeling he’d quite fancy being a Tiwanaku himself.


The series revealing the character of the continent's ancient peoples continues, as archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper investigates the origins of Tiwanaku - the 13,000ft-high ruins of a monolithic temple city. His search takes him through the spectacular landscapes of Bolivia, where he discovers evidence of a civilisation with a vast understanding of its environment, a religion based on collective effort, and a ritual of beer drinking.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dr Jago Cooper
Director Craig Collinson
Producer Craig Collinson
Series Producer Mary Downes