Ancient Civilizations of Latin America

 

Introduction: In the year 1492 Christopher Columbus “discovered” the New World. These lands, and the indigenous people who lived there, were there long before Columbus stumbled upon them. They had been living there for thousands of years creating their own distinct culture and customs. In many ways they were far ahead of the Europe.  Each group had their own understanding of science and the world around them.

 

The Objective-

§         To research and prepare a 2 1/2-page essay on life in ONE of the three pre-Columbian civilizations – either the Mayans, Aztecs or Incas

§         The three major themes your essay will cover are – daily life, religious beliefs, and
       technological or scientific advances  

Also included in your paper will be a map of the civilization you chose and 5 pictures and descriptions of the ruins that remain of these civilizations

 

Here are some sites to get you started…

§         Aztec Culture http://www.crystalinks.com/azteculture.html 
This site contains a good overview of Aztec life  

 

§ Ancient Aztec Civilization 
 
http://www.kidskonnect.com/AncientAztec/AncientAztecHome.html 
Lot’s of links to all things Aztec…warning some of the links do not work…sorry…
 

 

§         The Aztec Empire http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~delacova/aztecs.htm  

§         §  Inca Civilization http://crystalinks.com/incan.html 
     
This site contains a good overview of Inca life  

      § The Incas http://www.theincas.com/
       good overall site for Inca culture

§        Inca  http://www.ontalink.com/archaeology/inca/
Links to Inca culture and technology

      §     Ancient Mayan
       http://www.historylink101.com/1/mayan/ancient_mayan.htm

      § The Maya http://members.aol.com/TeacherNet/Maya.html 
      A site of great links about all things Mayan  

       

Grading—This project is worth 50 points

§         Format for the paper- 11/2 spaced w/ a 12 font

§         30 points for the essay

§         10 points for the map

§         10 points for the pictures of ruins with descriptions

Due date: Check with me!

 

AZTEC CALENDAR

Created by Mr. Ellis January 2003