An appreciation of acoustic features in the evaluation of an ancient site makes it possible to:

1.) More clearly understand how a site may have been used by its designers and why

2.) Experience a connection with our ancient ancestors that is of a common emotional nature

3.) Transcend the passage of time with a sensory continuity 


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“Without acoustics, archaeology is deaf.  Without archaeology, acoustics is blind, and “acoustic archaeology” is merely acoustics. 
Clearly, convergent facts from both fields are needed for an investigation to be designated as acoustic archaeology”

~ researcher and acoustics expert Dr. David Lubman

 

An intact prehistoric necropolis provides a matchless opportunity for research on sound behavior in ancient spaces

includes extended
SOUND CLIPS

"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
ARCHAEOACOUSTICS :  The Archaeology of Sound

 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

The OTS Foundation
A United States Not-For-Profit
501 (c) (3) educational foundation, dedicated to research and public outreach about ancient humankind and the development of monumental architecture

NEXT CONFERENCE

ARCHAEOACOUSTICS III
October 2017 in Portugal


featuring

Live Drumming in the Valley

Drop us a message if you would like to be notified when more details are available.


conference@archaeoacoustics.org