Two Ancient Civilizations Essay

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Abstract: The Parallel between Two Ancient Civilizations That Could Have Not Possibly Communicated During Their Existence.
This abstract investigates the possibility as to how the ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations could have developed similar knowledge and discoveries on medicine. The method of analysis was to take in consideration the history of both civilizations and point out the parallel seen in their medical discoveries for example, the herbs used to heal, abscessed teeth cured, viewpoint on how medical, or surgical procedures should be performed. The conclusion drawn to the question is that these two civilizations could have not possibly communicated not even by sea travel or ...view middle of the document...

They were both long far distant from each other and there was no possible way of communicating unless done by sea travel because no other type of transportation could have existed and nevertheless did exist back then.
One possible explanation to this is the use of reed boats. Therefore, could have they communicated and interchanged new discoveries by traveling the massive dangerous Atlantic Ocean using a reed boat? The answer to that could be, yes, because the Egyptians did indeed grow reeds but once analyzed it is drawn to conclusion that if a boat made out of wood does not make it in present time then neither will a reed boat. Or was there absolutely no need for communication to be done? Perhaps it was a cause of nature or need in human existence and survival. For instance, the need to maintain a certain number in population. The only way to do that was to prevent deaths or illnesses and wounds that could rapidly lead to death. When looking at this subject from that point of view and realizing that perhaps these two ancient civilizations did communicate or did not, a question still rises; How was it possible for two diverse cultures from ancient history, Egyptian and Mayan, to develop similar medical techniques when they were such a long distance apart?
Elaboration on suggestions
Possibly the usage of reed boats had to do with it, as a man named Thor Heyerdhal, a Norwegian writer and explorer attempted to prove (“The Kon-Tiki Expedition.”). He indeed create a raft named Kon-Tiki, and used it to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, yet there is not enough evidence to establish that this is a probable result or answer to this question (“The Kon-Tiki Expedition.”). On the other hand, another suggestion made that could possibly answer the question, as mentioned before, is the need to survive as humans. Perhaps at some instance during the existence of these two civilizations there was a realization that people, after injuries and/or symptoms ended up dead. And the population kept decreasing therefore something had to be done in order to maintain civilians alive. In the Mayan civilization injuries could have resulted from human scarification. In the Egyptian civilizations injuries could have resulted from constant battles fought with metal swords. As a result, the population decreased and the answer to keeping people alive after such injuries had to be found, and so research began which lead to discoveries.
In present time the knowledge that has been acquired on medicine along with the technique of surgeries exists because of people like the Egyptian and Mayan. Unlike, the technology now and advance basis of science which doctors use to develop cures for various diseases, the Egyptian and Mayan did not have a way of obtaining such technology or tools to heal. The ancient Egyptian civilization was known for its phenomenal creations when it came to constructing tombs for the kings ruling the empire, and mummification, but also for knowledge of...

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