BACKGROUND IMAGE: 5,000 year old carved frieze from Tarxien Megalithic Temple, Malta. One of a pair of six-foot limestone screens, currently on display at the Malta National Museum of Archaeology.
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"
2014 ARCHAEOACOUSTICS RESEARCH PROJECT: HAL-SAFLIENI HYPOGEUM, MALTA (ca. 3,600- 2,500 BCE)
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