The great pyramids of the Giza Plateau were built between ca 2550-2475 BC. The Great Pyramid of Khufu, stands at 230 meters (690 feet) above the Giza Plateau. For millenia before the invention of internal steel frames for buildings, this pyramid was the tallest structure on earth. Pyramid construction is an extension of the burial practices of the 1st and 2nd Dynasties of the Old Kingdom. In this week’s material we will ponder the specific beliefs that inspired the construction of Pyramids.
For this week’s discussion, I am giving you an opportunity to exercise your critical thinking skills.
First, I would like you to watch this short video which suggests that the Great Pyramid is an energy source, sending microwaves into outer space.
“Ancient Aliens: What are the Pyramids?” (History Channel)
Then, I would like you to offer two critical assessments of the video;
- Logical-Examine the assumptions in the video. An assumption “…provides relevance to… the structure of an argument…If you are satisfied that the linkage seems reasonable, then the premise provides logical support for the conclusion…” (Gibbon 2014:46). Are these assumptions presented reasonable premises? Why or why not?
- Historical-The Pyramids of Giza were built during the Old Kingdom period. Using information from your text and/or class notes from Weeks 6-8, assess the video’s assumption about the Great Pyramid relative to what you know about the historical context. Are the video’s assumptions consistent with the historical record?
Your initial post should be 3-4 paragraphs long for full credit.
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