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Archaeoastronomy

Archaeoastronomy is the “science of stars and stones”. It is an interdisciplinary science in between architecture, archaeology, and astronomy. It studies the relationships between the ancient monuments and the sky, in order to gain a better understanding of the ideas of the architects of the past and of their religious and symbolic world. The course provides the first complete, easy introduction to this fascinating discipline. During the course, many spectacular ancient sites of archaeology – such as Stonehenge in England, Giza and Karnak in Egypt, Chichen Itzá in the Yucatan, Macchu Picchu in Peru and the Pantheon in Rome – will be visited and the fascinating events occurring there in special days of the year (such as solstices, equinoxes, or the day of the foundation of Rome) will be shown and explained. The course also provides the necessary background on Astronomy with the naked eye and a general introduction to the role of Astronomy in religion and in the management of power among ancient cultures.

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Politecnico di Milano

Rating 4.4 based on 120 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours/week
Starts Jul 1 (next week)
Cost $49
From Politecnico di Milano via Coursera
Instructor Giulio Magli
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design Engineering Science
Tags History Arts And Humanities Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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very interesting course in 6 reviews

This was a very interesting course.

It was a very interesting course, and had addressed the subject matter in an organized manner.

interesting course but you cant do the tests if you didnt pay money (any tasts) very interesting course and fascinating topic FUN COURSE WITH GREAT INFO It's a short (7 hours), but very interesting course about the relationships between the astronomy and the ancients monuments around all the word.

It is a very interesting course.

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giulio magli in 4 reviews

The course is excellent and explanations of Giulio Magli are very clear and pedagogical.The selected materials (photographs and drawings) are magnificent and help to understand and make content more enjoyable.I hope a second advanced edition!!!

Muchísimas gracias Giulio Magli y al equipo que ha participado en la realización de este curso.

Excellent Course Outline and easy to understand content, Prof. Giulio Magli has done an excellent job to make that all information understandable to the students.

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quiz questions in 4 reviews

The quiz questions tend to be too "technical" and sometimes really challenging as it requires a lot of focusing on the parts where astronomical phenomena are described.

The material was well presented and I could answer the quiz questions easily by reviewing my notes.

I have however one remark about the quiz questions.

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archaeology and astronomy in 3 reviews

As such, this course might be a good bridge between archaeology and astronomy, it the latter is already known, as well as a good way demystify some of the aspects surrounding archaeoastronomy (or astronomical features of archaeological contexts), but does not live up to the task of introducing the novice into the subject.

are interested in each others.Differences between of archaeology and astronomy are the places where work.You are looking to the past always in both.

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last week in 3 reviews

I especially struggled with the last week's materials but did manage to get the majority of it in the end.

I just feel that the last week felt tacked out.

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really enjoyed in 3 reviews

I initially really enjoyed this class.

I really enjoyed the vieos which were enlightening and interesting as a wonderful guided tour, however in my opinion the videos didn't emphasize some aspects necessary for completing the course successfully I found the lectures about the architecture and its relationship to the environment fascinating and impressive.

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Adjunct Faculty, Astronomy $16k

Coordinator, Physics & Astronomy Dept. $36k

Astronomy Lecturer $45k

Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy $45k

Copy Editor, Astronomy magazine $49k

Coordinator, Stepping Stones Day Treatment Program $57k

Astronomy Researcher $67k

Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy $79k

Professor & Chair, Physics & Astronomy $104k

Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy $122k

Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics $149k

Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Math $162k

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Politecnico di Milano

Rating 4.4 based on 120 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours/week
Starts Jul 1 (next week)
Cost $49
From Politecnico di Milano via Coursera
Instructor Giulio Magli
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design Engineering Science
Tags History Arts And Humanities Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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