Exploring Ancient Mysteries

Exploring Ancient Mysteries

Due Week 4 and worth 100 points

Choose  one (1) of the topics below and develop a three to four (3-4) paragraph  essay (of at least 250-500 words) which adequately address the topic  you have chosen.

Topic Choices

  • There  have been many theories regarding how the pyramids at Giza were  constructed. Most experts agree that they were constructed as burial  monuments for pharaohs, but “how” these ancient people constructed  monuments of such great size without modern machinery is a mystery which  is still being debated.
  • No one can say for certain what  happened to the great urban Mayan civilization, but theories abound and  include varied possible alternatives to explain the relatively abrupt  and mysterious disappearance of the Mayan civilization.
  • Tutankhamen  died young, at approximately eighteen (18) years of age. However, his  cause of death has been the subject of quite varied scholarly theories  and conclusions. Did he die of an injury, of illness, of murder, or  something else?.
  • Minoan Crete was a major civilization in its  time, but several theories have been advanced to explain its demise,  including speculations associating it with mythical Atlantis. What were  the causes of Minoan Civilization’s decline?
  • Great Zimbabwe is  an enormous complex of structures in East Africa. Since the builders and  occupants left no written records, several theories have developed as  to the identity of its builders and the functions of the structures.  Which theory makes the most sense?
  • The monumental size and  complexity of the Tomb of Shihuangdi is astounding, yet its location and  construction details were to be kept secret. What was the emperor’s  purpose for such an elaborate, secret burial place?
  • Other topic choice recommended and approved by the professor and supported by the grading rubric.

Write a three to four (3-4) paragraph paper in which you:

  1. Clearly  state the “mystery” and provide a brief summary of at least two (2)  reasonable and scholarly theories which could explain the mystery.  Because some theories may sound far-fetched, include the source or  promoter of each theory – such as a scientist, a historian, a  theologian, etc.
  2. After summarizing at least two (2) scholarly  theories, identify one (1) of the theories as the most plausible and  provide at least two (2) convincing reasons why the theory you have  chosen is the best one to explain the mystery. This will involve some  critical reasoning skills on your part.
  3. Use at least two (2) sources plus the class textbook. (Three [3] sources total as the minimum) Note:  Wikipedia and other similar Websites do not qualify as academic  resources. You are highly encouraged to use the Resource Center tab at  the top of your Blackboard page.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  style format. Both in-text citations and a References list are required.  Citations and references must follow APA style format. Check with your  professor for any additional instructions. (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the course shell for guidance).
  • Include  a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s  name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover  page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment  page length. For our purposes, you may omit any abstract page.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain how key social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.
  • Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical context.
  • Examine  the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and  socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
  • Identify major historical developments in world cultures during the eras of antiquity to the Renaissance
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
  • Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics.
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