Why did ancient people control sound?

Why did ancient people control sound?

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Researchers around the globe are now taking note of unusual sound behavior in the world’s sacred places and earliest buildings, including Malta’s remarkable megalithic monuments. The question goes beyond: “Did ancient people try to control sound?”, to wondering: “Why?”

Archaeoacoustics: The Archaeology of Sound is an international multi-disciplinary conference to be held February 19 – 22, 2014 on the Mediterranean Island of Malta.

This exciting non-profit multi-disciplinary event welcomes academics, researchers, musicologists and non-presenting enthusiasts to try to answer the question. Anyone can attend. Anticipated presentations include performance, discoveries, observations and science from around the world — all focused on the Archaeology of Sound. The goal during this event is to pull together information and experience from a wide range of sources, seeking a thread that identifies the most fundamental application of the human experience of hearing. Particular interest lies in the role acoustic behavior may have had in the development and design of important architecture and ritual spaces throughout the ancient world, and its possible biological impact on human brain activity.

Hosted by the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Malta and organized by the U.S. based OTS Foundation, the Archaeoacoustics event is already stirring up excitement with its first submissions. Researchers from Australia, Chile, Iran and all over Europe are proposing presentations that imply that there is more to this scenario than anyone imagined. They may be unlocking something big, and it underscores the value of a multidisciplinary event that puts these people in the same room to share experiences, methodology and observations.

On hand will be the Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield and author of ‘Songs of the stones: the Acoustics of Stonehenge’, Dr. Rupert Till; Senior Curator for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malta, Dr. Reuben Grima; and the Head of the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta, Dr. Nicholas Vella.

All presentations will be in English. Registration is required. A hosted accommodation package is available. Free literature and registration form on request. Call for Papers is now open. For more information please visit http://www.OTSF.org/conference.htm

 

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