racist theories use examples H u m a n i t i e s

racist theories use examples H u m a n i t i e s

Please respond to TWO of the following essay questions. The third one is optional, for extra credit. 

You are expected to make use of detailed archaeological data and interpretations we have examined in the class. Please feel free to refer to your modules, assigned readings, assignments and notes, though you must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • You will not plagiarize or otherwise copy your responses from any published sources or another student.
  • You must cite all of your sources in a bibliography accurately and completely. Please be sure to use reliable sources, if you must look outside of your modules, avoid: wikipedia, history channel, any blog or webpage that screams “pseudo-archaeology”.
  • Each response should be 300-500 words.
  • Please start with a brief introduction and end your response with a clear conclusion.
  • Be sure to justify your answers, simple: yes, no, I agree, I think… are not enough. Explain why do you agree and based on what? You need to convince the reader that your ideas are strong and well-grounded. 
  • for citation and style, you may use APA or CMOS, whichever you feel comfortable with or are trying to improve at. Please don’t use MLA.

QUESTION 1 – Who built the ancient wonders of the world? (50 pts)

Read Did Aliens Build the Pyramids? And Other Racist Theories 

Use examples from Africa OR North America to explain how the ideas that ancient civilizations were built by aliens, or someone other than the local culture, are dangerous to that culture. How did these false claims affect these cultures? How were they refuted by archaeologists who excavated and analyzed the data? What else can be done to stop these dangerous claims and offer a factual representation of these cultures?

QUESTION 2 – Who owns the past? (50 pts)

Listen to the podcast (23 min) The necklace that divided two nations

and read (also available in audio 8 min) If we return  Nazi-looted art, the same goes for empire-looted

In the case of a shared heritage, but divided nations, how should artifacts and monuments be treated? Should nations hold on to their artifacts and not share them with other museums? Does this compare or contrast with empire-looted art that has been divided? What solutions do you propose for the division of artifacts between international museums and local communities?

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