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Archaeoastronomy Week 01 Quiz Answers

Astronomy with the naked eye: how the ancients saw the sky

Q1. The declination of the sun on a certain day:

depends on the latitude of the observer

Q2.You are in central Europe and the horizon in the whole south-west quadrant is occupied by a mountain ridge. Then you can be sure that the azimuth of the setting sun at winter solstice will be:

greater than that with a flat horizon

Q3.You are in Mexico and the horizon in the whole south-west quadrant is occupied by a mountain ridge. Then you can be sure that the declination of the setting sun at winter solstice:

will be greater than -23.5°

Q4. It is true that :

Precession slowly changes the constellation background of the sun at the equinoxes

Q5. It is true that:

In the tropics the sun culminates overhead twice a year

Archaeoastronomy Week 02 Quiz Answers

Astronomy, power, and architecture

Q1. It is true that:

Monumental architecture started before the introduction of agriculture

Q2.The term “worldview” means:

A framework of notions, social structures and religious beliefs

Q3. Stonehenge first phase:

was a henge, perhaps with a circle of wooden posts

Q4. It is true that:

since the axis of Stonehenge points to summer solstice sunrise, it necessarily also points to winter solstice sunset

Q5. Newgrange…

…was built in such a way that the midwinter sun at rising penetrates from the roof box to the chamber

Archaeoastronomy Week 03 Quiz Answers

Ancient Egypt Quiz Answers

Q1. In the Pyramid Texts, the “Imperishable”are:

Orion and Sirius

Q2. During the Old Kingdom in Egypt…

..there was a different pole star, Thuban

Q3. The channels of the Great Pyramid of Giza…

…were meant to observe the stars from inside

Q4. The horizon visibility of a standing person is:

limited to a maximum of 5 Kms, unless what occupies the horizon is in itself high

Q5. The ancient Egyptian calendar…

…was synchronous with the tropical year

Archaeoastronomy Week 04 Quiz Answers

The Pre-Columbian world

Q1. If the 260 days of the Tzolkin calendar represent the interval between two zenith passages of the sun, this was because…

..this interval was measured at the latitude of Copan

Q2. The 3 Maya calendars…

…were operated simultaneously

Q3. The main calendar round Maya dates…

…occurred every 52 Tzolkin years

Q4. The Torreon of Macchu Picchu…

…has a window oriented to the sun rising at the winter solstice

Q5. The Inca Empire…

…was destroyed by the conquest

Archaeoastronomy Week 05 Quiz Answers

Archaeoastronomy in Asia

Q1. The so-called Terracotta Army:

belongs to the funerary equipment of the tomb of the first emperor of Qin.

Q2. In Chinese astronomy:

the polar region of the sky was viewed as a celestial image of the Emperor’s palace.

Q3. Of the Chinese “pyramids”:

only a part is oriented precisely to the cardinal points.

Q4. The temple of Angkor Wat, from the main entrance looking in:

has an azimuth precisely equal to zero.


Q5.Most of the state temples of Angkor are oriented in such a way that the sun, looking from the main entrance, is seen to set “inside ” the temples at the equinoxes. This means that they:

have an azimuth slightly smaller than 270°

Archaeoastronomy Week 06 Quiz Answers

The Classical world

Q1. The Greek temples…

…were meant to be visited by worshipers only on ritual days

Q2. The Greek temples of Sicil

…are for the vast majority oriented to the solstices

Q3. Augustus’ birth sign…

…was the Capricorn

Q4. One axis of the urban plan of Roman Aosta points to:

winter solstice sunrise

Q5. The main hierophany of the Pantheon in Rome…

…occurs at the summer solstice

Archaeoastronomy Week 07 Quiz Answers

Astronomy Insight Quiz Answers

Q1. The declination of Sirius in the year 3006 BC…

..was -23,5°

Q2. Today you are in Rome, at dawn, looking at an azimuth of 99°. You see the sun rising from behind a hill which is 10° high.

Today is the spring equinox

Q3. Suppose that you see the sun at the spring equinox rising close to the position of the star Tau Tauri. Then you can be only one among the following:

a builder of the megalithic tomb of Newgrange, Ireland

Q4. It is true that:

Venus does never attain a declination greater than that of the moon at the northern minimal standstill

Q5. The maximal standstills of the moon were last reached in 2006. That year then:

the full moon closest in time to the winter solstice had a rising azimuth less than that of the sun at the summer solstice
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