What does the work or artifact tell us about the culture from which it came?
What role did it play in the culture in which it was created?
What does the work or artifact tell us about the historical period from which it came?
Explain the original religious, practical, and/or spiritual value of the work during the time it was created.
How did the work help this culture deal with human conflict or suffering?
How did it contribute to the success of this culture?