– Exploring Ancient Mysteries
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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?
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Use at least two (2) sources plus the class textbook. (Three  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).
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.
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.