ANTHROPOLOGY ARCHAEOLOGY ARCHITECTURE
Researchers around the globe are now taking note of unusual
ACTIVITIES: 19 FEB evening, 20, 21 22 FEB all day
Be on the scene as discoveries are made!
Emeritus Professor, Universite de Paris
Ouest and Archaeoacoustics pioneer
Thirty Years of Research in the Sound Dimension of Painted Caves and Rocks
Anna Borg Cordona
David J. Knight
Maria Cristina Pascual
José Pérez de Arce
Rounaghy, Mohammad KarimNiaFard, Shadabeh Azizpour
Steven J. Waller
Malta’s Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an
international gem which holds secrets of a strange play of sound in
the stone rooms and halls. Under strict conservation limitations
that restrict entry to only ten persons per hour. Selected specialists
assembled for the conference will be granted special access to test
its acoustic behaviour with a vocalist in what is known
popularly as “The Oracle Chamber”.
Clip recorded in Malta's
"This acoustic phenomenon, together with the hypogeum’s mysterious nature and its suggestive ambience, resulted in the site becoming associated with a number of fantastic stories, urban myths and legends," says Katya Stroud of Heritage Malta. "Amongst these are stories of serpent priests, genetic mutation, humanoid beings, and screams of children lost in caves underneath the site. Despite their dubious origins and unfounded nature, these stories are still making appearances in local and foreign media. It is now up to science to help us zoom back onto the real questions about the nature of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, particularly its acoustic design and effects."
Linda Eneix, the conference organizer, also believes there is good reason to look more closely. “Based on preliminary work done elsewhere, there is a hint of something important here,” she says, “and these are the people to take it the next step, including biofeedback data if that aspect is approved by the site management. If one theory tests out as we suspect it might, then our Stone Age ancestors have left us a gift that has incredible relevance in the modern world: one that, for all our techno-savvy smartness, we would probably never have thought of again.”
ABOUT THE HYPOGEUM: We realize that visiting Malta’s Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is important for many participants. Only ten people per hour are permitted to enter this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are registered for the hosted package at the conference hotel, your Hypogeum tickets are already confirmed and included.
For other registered attendees, we have purchased a limited number of tickets that fit into the activities of the conference. These will be assigned on a first-come basis against payment of the 30 Euro cost, which will be collected from you (cash only, please) at the conference venue in Malta. If you wish to reserve one of these tickets, please let us know as soon as possible. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed. (Entry tickets for less desirable time slots may be available in advance at: www.heritagemalta.org )
Free literature and
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Malta's patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire's most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. Some of them have a role to play in future research in Archaeoacoustics.
Free literature and registration form
FIVE (5) nights
accommodation at the
Centrally located in Balzan
near Attard, in a residential area of embassies, and very near the
Residence of the President and film location representing "Kings
Landing" in the popular
on 19 February 2014
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