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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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Rating 4.3 based on 81 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours/week
Starts Feb 11 (6 weeks ago)
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 5 reviews

This was a very interesting course.

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

Very very interesting course.

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.

quiz questions in 3 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.

[If I were to make a suggestion, it would be to have the instructional staff review some of the more technical quiz questions and pull out some items for supplementary video instruction.

for anyone in 3 reviews

As a basic course on the rudimentary elements of what constitute archeoastronomy it is very informative and a good grounding for anyone seeking to learn about how astronomy has been part of the social and cultural life of human evolution, and in some ways the roots that led to the birth of Astro physics from ancient times.

A great course that really should be a must for anyone interested in ancient civilizations.

I would highly recommend this for anyone who already knows basic Astronomy Math, and caution anyone who doesn't.

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Coordinator, Physics & Astronomy Dept. $36k

Astronomy Lecturer $45k

Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy $45k

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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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Rating 4.3 based on 81 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours/week
Starts Feb 11 (6 weeks ago)
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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