"What caused the sudden demise of the Maya in Central America 2,000 years ago? Human skeletons discovered in a cistern may hold the key to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world."
I watched this last night and thought, wow, this could be a warning for our times.
A powerful, wealthy society builds incredible cities, develops advanced technologies and complex societal systems then suddenly goes belly-up when a drought hits and the crops fail. Large segments of the population are displaced and on the move. People are hungry, but there remains a large ruling class of wealthy elite. We've already gotten to this point, but if we go to oblivion the way of the Maya ....
With the resources exhausted, the people get pissed and the entire noble class of at least one large city is MASSACRED and dumped in a pond before the city is abandoned. The king himself, buried in a shallow grave.
Do watch this episode if you get a chance! The parallels are spooky.