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.
Write a three to four (3-4) paragraph paper in which you:
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Assignment 1: Essay – 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.
•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?.
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?
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  sources total as the
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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
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.