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About the Course

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....

Top reviews


Nov 27, 2021

I really enjoyed this archaeoastronomy course. Professor Magli demonstrated outstanding knowledge of the subject, and was so generous in sharing his expertise through videos of worldwide locations.


Mar 2, 2019

Amazingly made MOOC. Perhaps it feels a bit short in comparison to some of the others, but the material is well presented and the suggested readings give plenty of opportunity for further learning.

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By Roberto Z

Nov 8, 2017

Nice course to understand the basics of Archaeoastronomy. Sometimes I felt the questions are bit far, at least in language, from the lectures.


Apr 28, 2017

Excelente , la presentación y el modo como el tutor explica los temas interactuando con los videos, es novedoso y de muy facil asimilación.

By Elena F

Sep 9, 2018

The last week was a little bit content intensive, and I would have preferred if this contents was spread out more evenly over the weeks.

By Rashmi R K

Jan 14, 2019

Informative course. But so many archeoastronomical places were not covered. It would have been much better with those included as well.

By Damaso V

Jun 2, 2021

Muy interesante, para personas que como yo tienen curiosidad por la Astronomía y la Arqueología y la relación que existe entre ellos.-

By James R B

Mar 13, 2021

With a keen amateur interest in Archaeology and Astronomhis subject stood out for me as I looked through the list of available courses

By Jen P

Nov 6, 2019

Interesting material; presentation quite good but the answers to the quiz questions were not always discernable from the lectures.

By hugo s

Feb 17, 2021

The forums were never reviewed by any instructors.

But the material was interminably interesting and will serve me my whole life.

By Pete H

Nov 26, 2017

Very informative enjoyable course; interesting and engaging presentations reinforced with good quizzes to test knowledge gained.

By Pinco P

Jun 26, 2020

Very interesting course (I loved the Egypt lessions). I didn't like how the teacher labeled Feng Shui as "superstitions".

By N R K K

Apr 4, 2020

Was a brief and interesting course. Could have included more on the astronomy aspect and more on how to imagine in 3D.

By Praveen S

Mar 20, 2020

Good brief on the Archaeoastronomy. Could have covered more sites. Looking forward for advanced course on the same :)

By Evan S

Jul 27, 2020

Very interesting course. Lots of amazing information. This is something that children should be learning in schools!

By Graeme H

Apr 10, 2018

A fine introduction, but more detail would be appreciated in some discussions, as well as some glaring omissions.

By Daniel S

May 25, 2019

Interesting course. Good photographs. There is a transcript, but it was hard for me to understand the professor.

By Amy B

Apr 24, 2018

Fascinating topic and information. Love the way the speaker shows up on site! Quizzes were really difficult.

By Robert M

Jan 26, 2021

Very well done with good balance of visual, video, and text explanations. Solid lecturer. Very pleased.

By Andrés R

Aug 1, 2017

!Excelente¡ aunque si no manejas el vocabulario astronómico se puede volver un tanto complicado...

By Rosa M F R

Sep 6, 2021

molt interesant i amb una durada de videos que facilita l'aprenentatge dels elements importants

By Alexandre N

May 26, 2021

Very good introduction to the discipline, but it requires strong knowledge / work on Astronomy

By Neil W

Feb 26, 2021

Pretty hardcore in some parts, but still a very interesting and thought provoking course.

By Vasana M

Nov 13, 2020

This course is very interesting. It would be good to join a course on South Asia as well.

By Doria A

Dec 25, 2021

Very good course. I just wish it would extend further, as envisioned in the last video.

By Nitesh G

Sep 24, 2020

The course length could have been more long, since this is a wast subject


Jun 4, 2020

A course which gives fascinating relation between stones and stars