L06 Archaeological Site Tour And Discussion Board

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Take a virtual tour of the Maya site of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Download and install Google Earth: https://www.google.com/earth/versions/ (Links to an external site.)

Download this .kmz file and open in Earth: Palenque Giza Tour

Hit the “play” button and let the tour drop you in Palenque. You can watch the tour in its entirety (~9 mins), but pause and explore on your own (the images will be better). Make sure you see both sites– the second site (Giza) is at the very end.

Search for a few other archaeological sites and explore them on your own. You can search for any site you wish. Below are a few examples of the larger archaeological sites (but come on, don’t take my word for it…get adventurous and find your own). When you find the site, zoom in as much as possible to see if there is a “street view.”

Machu Picchu, Peru


Petra Jordan


Chaco Canyon


Choose at least 2 archaeological sites and write a brief description (200 words) of each. The description should include:

the name of the site;

the location of the site (city, state, country);

the type of social organization, dates of occupation, interesting and/or unusual discoveries, etc.; and

why you chose the site.

Include at least 2 replies to a fellow student’s visit to an archaeological site (regarding things you might not have known, more knowledge you may have on the site, personal experiences, things you saw in the virtual/Google street view, etc…)

Please reply to Sample4&5