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Subtitles: English, Spanish...
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 1

In this week we shall learn the basic tools which are needed for studying Archaeoastronomy. Essentially, this means learning Astronomy with the naked eye, since the ancients did not have telescopes, and becoming acquainted with a simple instrument - the magnetic compass - and amazing softwares: virtual globes and digital planetariums....
Reading
5 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The celestial coordinates and the apparent motion of the Sun6m
The constellations and the apparent motion of the stars6m
Precession and the reconstruction of ancient skies4m
Sightseeing with an archaeoastronomer's eye4m
Reading1 reading
Supplementary Course Text5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Astronomy with the naked eye: how the ancients saw the sky15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 2

The core of the course: understanding how astronomy, religion, and the management of power were connected in ancient cultures, and the way in which these connections are reflected in architecture and landscape since the Neolithic. At the end of the week we shall thus visit the places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Stonehenge and Newgrange....
Reading
4 videos (Total 24 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Archaeoastronomy in action: hierophanies and sacred landscapes6m
The places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Stonehenge6m
The places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Newgrange4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Astronomy, power and architecture15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 3

An archaeoastronomical tour in a wonderful land: Egypt of the Pharaohs. We shall visit Khufu's (Cheops) Great Pyramid and assist to the spectacular hierophany which occurs every year at Giza at the summer solstice. Then, we shall move to the huge temple of Karnak at the winter solstice, to finally encounter the "heretic" king Akhenaten and the astronomy-related project of his new capital....
Reading
5 videos (Total 30 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Great Pyramid and the stars6m
The horizon of Khufu7m
Karnak, Abu Simbel and the Egyptian calendar6m
The Amarna heresy and the horizon of the Aten5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Ancient Egypt15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 4

An introduction to pre-Columbian Archaeoastronomy, with key topics such as the Maya Calendar, the role of astronomy in Maya architecture, and the sacred space of the Incas at Cusco and Macchu Picchu....
Reading
4 videos (Total 28 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Chichen Itza and the Serpent Equinox7m
The Inca pillars of the Sun6m
Macchu Picchu4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Pre-Columbian world15m
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By DENov 10th 2017

It was a very interesting course, and had addressed the subject matter in an organized manner. It was challenging at times, but maintained my interest throughout the course.

By SBOct 6th 2018

It is a wonderful course. Easy with short videos. You get to know about why the archaeology was created and what stellar or solar phenomenon can we perceive through those.

Instructor

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Giulio Magli

Full Professor
Dept. of Mathematics

About Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological University, which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. From 2014 Politecnico di Milano started the release of several MOOCs, developed by the service for digital learning METID (Methods and Innovative Technologies for Learning), giving everybody the chance to enhance personal skills....

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