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Compare and Contrast Ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilisations, can archaeology help account for these differences?

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Kris Breadner

Compare and Contrast Ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilisations, can archaeology help account for these differences?

The legends and myths of both the Egyptian and, to a lesser extent, Mayan civilisations have always been a point of fascination for the peoples of the developed world. It is perhaps a testament to our own cultural arrogance that we grapple to comprehend the technological and cultural achievements of these great civilisations. However, it would be all too easy to group all of these wonderful and inactivating cultures together, and look only to the similarities which they share. This would be to ignore the fact that these cultures were, geographically, nearly antipodean, and also that these cultures reached perhaps their 'golden eras' roughly 3,000 years apart from each other. This is what makes a comparative study of the two cultures so interesting, as undoubtedly they both shared similarities, which seem particular to only a handful of societies, yet they did this in different corners of both the earth and time.

It is important, in order to carry out a comparative analysis of these great races, to obtain a feeling of perspective over the periods and areas with

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