Fighter jets, refugee camps and an explosive national election. Archaeoacoustics II unfolded in the midst of historic times in Turkey.
Perhaps we made a little history of our own.
With a most diversified range of participants, Archaeoacoustics II took on the challenge of putting empiricle and interpretive investigators in the same room. We faced head-on the awareness that without careful handling, the subject of Archaeoacoustics could (borrowing from Ezra Zubrow and Torill Christine Lindstrom) "similarly to alchemy, end up in the dustbin of pseudo-science."
In an atmosphere of respectful trust came meaningful dialog.
Our scientists agreed that there is such a thing as esthetic archaeology, with many ways to infer the past. The perceptive and creative minds of artists, musicologists and therapists can bring valuable input when properly referenced and documented. Yet traditional science is the way forward for credible original research. Guidance for staying on the right path was heartily welcomed.
We are still taking baby steps in this emerging field of study. Like the first such conference, ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II has broken new ground.
Ezra Zubrow and Ashera Hart discuss creating a bridge toward understanding
What are the components to look for in an ancient site that might indicate an acoustic importance?
Reading intentionality of the site and comprehending it as a hall. Using singing, chanting and reciting human voices at different location on the site. Before collecting data as hunter of facts "with super human objectivity" of contemporary science and measuring machines, spend some time intentionally honoring the site as a human being, human body and human endowed with senses and imagination, as a sapient presence. This may develop a relationship to the site prier to analyzing it.
What good would it do to know if such were in evidence?
Connecting to the continuity of human values expressed in and by archeological and historic sites gives confirmation and solace in addressing life's contradiction and challenges or cognitive expansions through felt experience and acquiring new knowledge. Beyond consciously arranging techtronic structures and their factual interpretation, there is a both context of history and the sense of the ancient user, contemporary observers and visitors. Beyond history there is also a story, a mythology that informs arrangements including acoustic intentions.
What would be the next step if such where in evidence?
Advocating for research and protection of the acoustic properties of the site. Recording the state of the possible acoustic design at the site as found, verbally, visually and audibly. Developing an open hypothesis about the nature and possible intentions of organized sound in the site. Also, as a long range plan, including archeology and archeology of sound in early childhood education that may among other curricular activity, preserve connection to the actual, tangible experiences beyond virtual cultural supremacy based on expensive gadgets and intense stimulation.
A first step in clarifying methodology is to follow up the suggestion to clearly delineate pure Scientific Research aspect of Archeoacoustics from Humanities, and Cultural Research and Implementation and Contemporary Interpretation. The three aspects do and can rely on each other's findings and should be presented together in the current conference format of one section for all as convened by Linda Eneix and OTS Foundation.
From Slobodan Dan Paich
30, 31 OCT and 01 NOV 2015
Istanbul Technical University
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SECOND INTERNATIONAL MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP - ON THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SOUND
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Rupert Till presents his report on sound behavior in Malta's Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum