Civilizations and Archeology Term Paper by Top Papers

Civilizations and Archeology
Two papers on the rise and fall of civilizations and on the work of archeologists.
# 138651 | 1,500 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (General) , Archaeology (General)

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This paper presents two fixed essay questions of three pages: the first, on patterns in how civilizations rise and fall that stresses work of Wright and Diamond to do with repeating destructive ecological practices. The second paper responds to an open question as to why one should not disturb burial sites, that addresses later 20th century collaboration between indigenous groups and archaeologists, and the prevention of site looting and sale of artifacts.

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"Human civilizations have emerged and fallen according to a rather predictable pattern. Ronald Wright referred to civilizations as having begun with an idea, in the cultivation of a food supply, the Middle East one of several regions of the world where agriculture developed independently at around the same time. (Progress 42) The ability to predict local food allowed larger populations to be organized, specialized labour and a leisure class with the luxury of time to deduce new planning. Unfortunately, as Jared Diamond has argued, human civilizations have a way of advancing to points of ecological crisis that usually spells their..."

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