As I promised, here is the topic/question for your bonus blog:
Over the semester, we’ve talked about a wide variety of sites and cultures. Which one do you think is the most important, captivating, interesting, exciting, etc. Discuss why.
The bonus blog (which is worth the same as all other blogs and is a true bonus) needs to be posted by 5pm on Wednesday (the 6th) – Regular word count but no response is required. Make sure you choose the “Bonus Blog” category when you post it.
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I have always been a big fan of Ancient Egypt. Though I found all of the sites we learned about interesting in their own unique way, I really liked talking about the Pyramids of Giza. They are one of the most recognizable sites on Earth and it was really cool to learn more about who made them and how they were made.
I find the ancient Egyptians fascinating in large part because of the wondrous monuments they left behind. The pyramids in particular are interesting because they reveal so much about Egyptian culture. I feel like it is easy to see ancient people as primitives or savages, but the Egyptians show that there was a lot more to the story. Now, ancient Egypt was by no means perfect, but the elaborate burials at least showed that they cared deeply about one another.
I think this site is extremely important for a number of reasons. For one thing, it shows that the ancient Egyptians had the capacity to build huge structures. No one can deny that the pyramids are impressive, just on sheer size alone. Then we learned how complex some of the interiors are which makes them even more incredible. The intricate burials give proof to the idea that the ancient Egyptians believed the pharaohs to be descended from gods.
Studying the Egyptian culture itself is also very important. They were around for so long and so long ago that they offer a very fascinating look into the past. It makes the United States’ history seem incredibly short. The timeframe really gives perspective on how long people have been around.
I did both of my discovery projects on Egyptian sites and found that there was so much I didn’t know about Egypt. I didn’t know how many Egyptian dynasties there were or how the ancient Egyptian Empires fell. And I really didn’t know much about the average people living in Egypt or what an average day was like. Because it was so long ago, I think it can be difficult to think of the people back then as having to worry about jobs and family like we do today.
This class was really interesting. I loved learning about new sites and it only increased my interest in history and in ancient Egypt. I definitely want to go to Egypt at some point in my life and see the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Amarna, and the Siwa Oasis.
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