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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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Cours en ligne à 100 %

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Calendar

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Beginner Level

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Recommandé : 2-3 hours/week

Approx. 7 heures pour terminer
Comment Dots

English

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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 vidéos (Total 25 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
The celestial coordinates and the apparent motion of the Sun6 min
The constellations and the apparent motion of the stars6 min
Precession and the reconstruction of ancient skies4 min
Sightseeing with an archaeoastronomer's eye4 min
Reading1 lecture
Supplementary Course Text5 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Astronomy with the naked eye: how the ancients saw the sky15 min

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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 vidéos (Total 24 min), 1 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Archaeoastronomy in action: hierophanies and sacred landscapes6 min
The places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Stonehenge6 min
The places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Newgrange4 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Astronomy, power and architecture15 min

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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 vidéos (Total 30 min), 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
The Great Pyramid and the stars6 min
The horizon of Khufu7 min
Karnak, Abu Simbel and the Egyptian calendar6 min
The Amarna heresy and the horizon of the Aten5 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Ancient Egypt15 min

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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 vidéos (Total 28 min), 1 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Chichen Itza and the Serpent Equinox7 min
The Inca pillars of the Sun6 min
Macchu Picchu4 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The Pre-Columbian world15 min
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par 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.

par SCAug 14th 2017

awesome course, I had a wonderful time and learnt a lot also the material is very good and is of high quality. The course is well designed and it fulfilled all my needs.

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Giulio Magli

Full Professor
Dept. of Mathematics

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