We are coming to have a new understanding about how people were using their ceremonial spaces in antiquity!
By consensus of the participants of the highly successful third International multi-disciplinary conference on Archaeoacoustics, taking place in October 2017, a full-blown organization is being formed to carry forward the dedicated scientific discipline of study in this compelling subject area. A committee is being formed. Future research and conferences will be planned. A journal may be developed. More news will be forthcoming.
If you would like to know more, we will happily put you on the list.
Email: info (at) archaeoacoustics.org
Best experienced with headphones!
WHAT WAS SHE HEARING?
"Sleeping Lady", ca. 3000 BC
found in the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta
photo: Daniel Cilia
The OTS Foundation supports new multi-disciplinary research for exploring the ancient world.
"One of the most exciting branches of the new multi-sensory archaeology is archaeoacoustics, the archaeology of sound. Imagine being part of a ritual gathering, standing shivering on a frozen lake to hear the spirits of your ancestors communicating with you from within a cliff face. Think what it would feel like to be deep underground in a cave, listening to the reverberations of a human voice by the flickering light of a flame. The idea that our forebears had a far more intimate relationship with sound than most people do now inspires many students of archaeoacoustics. Some study auditory illusions created by the likes of echoes and acoustic interference. Others are interested in the psychology of sound and how it might influence behaviour. Still others investigate how certain wavelengths affect our physiology by changing the way our brains work. Science, it seems, is finally catching up with what shamans have always known about the consciousness-altering power of sound."
- Kate Douglas, Features Editor "New Scientist" Magazine
2014 ARCHAEOACOUSTICS RESEARCH PROJECT: HAL-SAFLIENI HYPOGEUM, MALTA (ca. 3,600- 2,500 BCE)
Proceedings from first conference;
a fascinating read, with something for everyone
An intact prehistoric necropolis provides a matchless opportunity for research on sound behavior in ancient spaces
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