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  1. 1. Aksum By: Tyler Achuff
  2. 2. What is Aksum? <ul><li>Aksum is an Ancient kingdom in northeastern Africa. The people of Aksum were in a monarchy nation, which means that Aksum was ruled by a king or queen. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What I knew about Aksum. <ul><li>I knew that Aksum is now Ethiopia and Eritrea. </li></ul>
  4. 4. My Essential Question <ul><li>Q: How did Aksum become so powerful? </li></ul>
  5. 5. My Essential Question Answer <ul><li>Aksum became so powerful because it was one of the most important trading kingdoms in eastern Africa. Aksum exported ivory, iron, salt incense, gold, and exotic animals. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Religion <ul><li>Aksum was the first major kingdom to convert completely to Christianity. </li></ul>This is the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
  7. 7. Achievements <ul><li>Aksum was the first kingdom to mint coins. </li></ul>An Aksum-minted coin
  8. 8. Achievements (cont.) <ul><li>Aksum is suspected to be the final resting place for the Ark of The Covenant, which is a golden box that holds the ten commandments. It is said to be located in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Ethiopia. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ceremonies <ul><li>For ceremonies, Aksumites use obelisks. Obelisks are also used for grave stones, the most famous one is The obelisk of Axum. </li></ul>This is the Obelisk of Axum
  10. 10. The downfall of Aksum <ul><li>Aksum declined because of the rise of Islam and the control of trade by Muslim sailors. Also, climate change is another main reason of the decline of Aksum. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What I thought was cool <ul><li>I thought that the Ark of the Covenant might have been brought to Aksum. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What questions do I have now <ul><li>Is the Ark of the Covenant really in that church? </li></ul><ul><li>What wars was Aksum in? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sources <ul><li>Information: </li></ul><ul><li>1. </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul><ul><li>3. </li></ul><ul><li>4. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sources (cont.) <ul><li>Information: </li></ul><ul><li>5. </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures: </li></ul><ul><li>1. </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sources (cont.) <ul><li>Pictures: </li></ul><ul><li>3. </li></ul><ul><li>4. </li></ul>