Saturday, June 7, 2014

THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS VERSUS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICAN PYRAMIDS; COMPARISON AND CONTRAST ESSAY


When we refer to pyramids, what immediately comes to mind is the wonderful pyramids of Giza. However, far more pyramids were, in fact, built in the Americas. Which ancient civilizations built pyramids and how were they different from the Egyptian pyramids? Were they used for the same purposes or not; how did they feature in the social and political life of the time; in short, what functions did they serve? To answer these questions, you will need to travel back in time and do some research. It is suggested that you spread your research out over a few days for maximum benefit. When you are done, write a comparison and contrast essay
Reading material to annotate and videos to make notes on
·         “Pyramids in Latin America – Ancient History” http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pyramids-in-latin-america (Make sure to watch the videos and make notes as well)
·         Chichen Itza:El Castillo, pyramid of Kukulkan” http://www.world-mysteries.com/chichen_kukulcan.htm (Make sure to watch the video and make notes)
·         “Egyptian Pyramids” http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/the-egyptian-pyramids (Make sure to watch the videos and make notes)
Virtual tours:
·         “The great pyramids of Giza” http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Egypt-Cairo-Pyramids
·         “Maya pyramids – Chichen Itza, Mexico” http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Chichen-Itza-Mexico

·         “Maya pyramids – Tikal, Guatemala” http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Tikal-Guatemala
Documentaries to watch and make notes on:
·         “Secrets of the Egyptian pyramids” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcKahraBiBY
·         Mystery of the Maya http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/mystery-of-the-maya/
·         Mexican pyramids  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HopKnewx1zc

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