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Preliminary Report from the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum Acoustic Project

 Paolo Debertolis*, Linda Eneix**


*Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste

   **The OTS Foundation, Mediterranean Institute of Ancient Civilizations

Summary - Malta's Hal Saflieni Hypogeum site is multi-chambered and acoustically complex. Although legends and myths about its sound behaviour have persisted since its rediscovery in 1902, the February 2014 exercise is the first scientific examination of its resonant properties to produce results. A full report is being prepared for publication.

Under the supervision of Heritage Malta, we placed microphones in the Oracle Chamber of Malta's Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


This scientific report was presented at Conference "Archaeoacoustics. The Archaeology of Sound", Malta, February 19-22, 2014

Site of the Conference in Malta.

This short paper was included in the volume of Proceedings of the Conference, available in Internet (ISBN-13: 978-1497591264, ISBN-10: 1497591260), pg. 66.

This is the original paper in English language.

Samples of audio files taken during the experiment.






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