Includes reports from the Hypogeum Project.

8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White on White Paper 272 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1497591264
ISBN-10: 1497591260
BISAC: Science / Acoustics & Sound


2014 Archaeoacoustics Conference
on the Mediterranean Island of Malta



Rupert Till
: Sound Archaeology: An interdisciplinary Perspective
Richard England: Neolithic Architecture - Space and Sound
Katya Stroud: Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum – Acoustic Myths and Science
Iegor Reznikoff: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum: A Link Between Palaeolithic Painted Caves And Romanesque Chapels?
Fernando Coimbra: An Interdisciplinary Approach: The Contribution of Rock Art for Archaeoacoustic Studies
Paolo Debertolis, Giancarlo Tirelli, Fabrizio Monti: Systems of Acoustic Resonance at Ancient Sites and Related Brain Activity Preliminary Results of Research
Nektarios Peter Yioutsos: Pan Rituals of Ancient Greece: a Multi-Sensory Body Experience
Anna Borg Cardona: Exploring possibilities of Sound Instruments in Prehistory from a Maltese Perspective
Ros Bandt: Sonic Archaeologies: Towards a Methodology for “Re-hearing” the Past -- Lake Mungo, Australia and the Yerebatan Sarnici, Istanbul
Steven J. Waller: Auditory Illusions in the Soundscapes of Rock Art and Stonehenge
Anne Habermehl: Music and Neanderthals: An Alternative Point of View
Emma Brambilla, Diego Colombo: Feeling a Bard's Sound: a Six Strings Gallic Lyre's Experimental Reconstruction
Annie Goh: Myths of Echo - Sound Art and Archaeoacoustics
Paolo Debertolis, Niccolò Bisconti: Archaeoacoustic Analysis of an Ancient Hypogeum in Italy
Riitta Rainio, Antti Lahelma, Tiina Äikäs, Kai Lassfolk,  Jari Okkonen: Acoustic Measurements at the Rock Painting of Värikallio, Northern Finland
Mairi Gkikaki, Esthir Lemi: The Pharos of Alexandria as a Total Work of Art and a Soundscape
David J. Knight: Auscultation of San Vitale, Ravenna
Divya Shrivastava: Acoustic Use in Ancient Indian Architecture in Forts and Temples
Alejandro Ramos-Amézquita: Mesoamerican Archaeoacoustics
Selin Küçük, Mustafa Şahin: Wish that These Walls Could Speak and Tell -- Hattusha City Wall as an Audio Archive
Stef Conner: The Score of Babylon: - Outline of an Interdisciplinary Framework for Reconstructing Mesopotamian Song
Wouter F.M. Henkelman, Sepideh Khaksar: Elam’s Dormant Sound: Landscape, Music and the Divine in Ancient Iran
Panagiota Avgerinou, Stella Dreni: The Acoustics of the Eleusinian Telesterion
María Cristina Pascual Noguerol: Temples of Music: The‘Cuicacalli’ and the ‘Calmecac’ as Ancient American Conservatories 
Torill Christine Lindstrøm, Ezra Zubrow: Fear and Amazement



FEB 2014 ~ Scholars, researchers and observers came from around the world to focus on an emerging field of science. 
Their backgrounds ranged from archaeology to anthropology, acoustic engineering, psychology, architecture, musicology, medicine and healing, and more.

In the spirit of Malta's prehistoric temple builders, a community of dedicated souls came together and created something both monumental and unforgettable.


"Archaeoacoustics is at this 'pre-paradigmatic stage'," writes anthropologist Dr. Ezra Zubrow, "This book will help that synthesizing, theorizing pioneer of the future. Looking back there will be new scholars who will wonder how present scholars could have been so wrong. They will smile and yet they will remember this book. For in some sense, they will say 'this is where it began.'” Features Editor for “New Scientist” Magazine Kate Douglas explains: “Where the rest of us see stones, bones, rubble and shards, they (archaeologists) see the tell-tale remains of past lives. With careful scrutiny they are able to use this material to build up a picture of a culture, its technological know-how, trade in commodities and ideas, diet, lifestyle and even beliefs. Until recently, however, almost all archaeological insights have been gleaned by looking at ancient remains. Now archaeologists are starting to think beyond the visual. One of the most exciting branches of the new multi-sensory archaeology is archaeoacoustics, the archaeology of sound. In February 2014, the pioneers of this field met on the island of Malta for their first international conference. It was truly extraordinary.”
“Our goal for the conference was to focus in a responsible way on the behavior of sound in important ancient spaces, and the way that people may have used it,” says conference organizer Linda Eneix.  “We sought hints for the way sound may have impacted on early human development. We intended to bring together a broad base of expertise, science, and objective observation toward a multi-faceted understanding of human ingenuity. As this conference unfolded, we succeeded beyond all expectations.”   The book also contains preliminary reports from the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (ca. 3600 BCE) acoustics project conducted on-site during the conference. (See link above.)



         ...the most fascinating conference

It really was an absolute privilege and a total pleasure,
exhilarating on every level!

Stunning event, ... seamless, fun and inspiring.

Personally I've learned a lot through this interdisciplinary approach and the importance of sound and resonance.

... an amazing, unforgettable experience.

Sharing the speakers  knowledge, understanding, and experience, it for sure opened my mind on
new subjects and horizons

. . . a brilliantly run conference, with so many things about it that were great, fascinating, and exciting.