- Archaeoastronomy: the science of stars and stones
- The celestial coordinates and the apparent motion of the Sun
- The constellations and the apparent motion of the stars
- Precession and the reconstruction of ancient skies
- Sightseeing with an archaeoastronomer's eye
Develop your knowledge on the interdisciplinary field of archaeoastronomy that deals with the ideas of archaeology, architecture and astronomy.
Medium of instructions English
Mode of learning Self study
Mode of Delivery Video and Text Based
The Archaeoastronomy course is a ‘science of stars and stones’ developed by the scientific-technological university called the Politecnico Di Milano and provided by the online educational platform Coursera. The online course is scheduled for the candidates to learn for a period of seven weeks and the Archaeoastronomy syllabus will take an estimated time of seven hours to complete entirely.
The participants of this programme will have an opportunity to understand the connection between age-old monuments and the sky and the conception of the architects in ancient times and their meaning with the religious and symbolic world.
The hands-on teaching methodologies will provide a wholesome learning experience with the theoretical concepts and facts. The subtitles in various languages such as Arabic, French, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, German, Russian, English, Spanish will help the students from various linguistic backgrounds to understand the concepts and course materials.
- Online mode
- Seven hours programme
- Introductory level course
- Interdisciplinary study
- Flexible deadlines
- Independent learning
- Shareable certificate
- Financial aid
- Course videos
- Course materials
- Practice exercises
- Graded assignments
- Financial aid
- Self paced learning
- Course completion certificate
Course and certificate fees
Type of course
The ‘Archaeoastronomy’ course by Coursera is offered with the privileges such as graded assignments and shareable certificates in the ‘purchase course’ mode.
Archaeoastronomy fee structure
Full course, No certificate
certificate providing authority
Who it is for
Archaeoastronomy benefits the individuals who are interested in knowing about the relationship between stars and stones and the connection between the three diverse disciplines of astronomy, archaeology, and architecture.
Certificate qualifying details:
Coursera provides a course completion certificate to all the students who have completed the course along with the graded assignments and tests successfully.
What you will learn
The Archaeoastronomy training will help the students learn about the basic concepts of astronomy and its significance in ancient religion along with the ways in which power was managed in the cultures during the olden days. In this course, the students get an opportunity to visit the fascinating sites of archaeology like the Stonehenge(England), Giza and Karnak(Egypt), Chichen Itza(Yutacan), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Pantheon(Rome) to study their archaeological and architectural significance. Culturally captivating events like the solstices, equinoxes, and the foundation day of Rome are described and learnt during the Archaeoastronomy classes.
The students who are interested in registering for the ‘Archaeoastronomy’ online course can follow the steps below,
Step 1: Go to the course page on the official website of Coursera using the following link,
Step 2: Click on the ‘Enroll for free’ option on the course page.
Step 3: Choose between the ‘purchase course’ option and the ‘full course, no certificate’ option and click continue
Step 4: Make the payment and follow the instructions for enrollment.
Filling the form
The candidates will have to enter their name and email address on the form found on the registration page for the course.
- Supplementary Course Text
- Astronomy with the naked eye: how the ancients saw the sky
- Astronomy and architecture: a very early connection
- Archaeoastronomy in action: hierophanies and sacred landscapes
- The places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Stonehenge
- The places where Archaeoastronomy was born: Newgrange
- Astronomy, power, and architecture
- The stellar destiny of the Pharaohs
- The Great Pyramid and the stars
- The horizon of Khufu
- Karnak, Abu Simbel and the Egyptian calendar
- The Amarna heresy and the horizon of the Aten
- Ancient Egypt
- Maya astronomy and calendar
- Chichen Itza and the Serpent Equinox
- The Inca pillars of the Sun
- Machu Picchu
- The Pre-Columbian world
- The first emperor and the Terracotta Army
- The pyramids of ancient China
- Angkor Wat
- Between sun and waters: the temples of the Khmer heartland
- Archaeoastronomy in Asia
- Houses of the Gods: the Greek temples of Sicily
- Aosta and Augustus' power from the stars
- Astronomy and empire at the Pantheon in Rome
- The Classical world
- Conclusions and perspectives
- Lunar phases
- The eclipses
- The change in the rising and setting points of the Moon
- The Moon in Archaeoastronomy
- The planets visible with the naked eye
- The Motion of Venus
- Venus in Archaeoastronomy
- The Earth's atmosphere
- Extension and Thom's law
- Refraction and parallax
- Visual alignments
- The horizon formula
- Graphical tools
- Handling archaeoastronomical data
- The use of Probability in Archaeoastronomy
- Astronomy insight
The candidates of the Archaeoastronomy online programme who can’t afford to pay the course amount are provided with a provision of financial aid by Coursera. The candidates can apply for financial aid through the link available on the course page.
How it helps
The Archaeoastronomy certification helps the candidates to learn about the cultural and architectural significance of ancient monuments with their relationship with astronomy. The candidate gains skills and knowledge of the correspondence of the fields of astronomy, history, and religion along with an interesting study of stars and stones.
The Politecnico Di Milano, a scientific-technological university has developed the course.
Giulio Magli who is a professor in the department of mathematics will guide the students through the course.
Yes, you can access the course materials in the ‘Full course, no certificate’ mode without the benefit of graded assignments and the certificate.
You have to apply through the ‘Financial aid available’ link provided on the course page and fill in the form. Coursera will notify you after the approval of the application.
There is no specific time, you can log in and access the course at your own convenience.
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