Archaeoacoustics in archaeology

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Natalia Tarabella*, Paolo Debertolis**

 

*SB Research Group, Florence, Italy

**Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste, Italy

 

AbstractArchaeoacoustics is an approach to analyze any archaeological sites that have interesting acoustic characteristics or natural physical phenomena affecting brain activity. It can be used to demonstrate for example sound occurrences incorporated into the design of the ancient structures by the architects. This is not the only application, following an anthropologic approach, archaeoacoustics can explain why during rituals an altered state of mind intensifies the experience. In fact natural phenomena, now scientifically measurable, influence the psychological state of the people by inducing mystical states. Over seven years of research in this field we have demonstrated ancient civilisations had some knowledge of this phenomena, through understanding the significance of why specific locations were chosen for buildings such as temples. Using digital recording equipment, it is now possible to record non-audible sound frequency bands. These bands have a direct effect on the human body anad mind without a person being aware of the existence of their accompanying mechanical vibrations.

Keywords – archaeoacustics, ultrasounds, infrasounds, low sound frequency.

Proceedings in19th International Conference and Assembly of the Experts of the Foundation Romualdo Del Bianco “HERITAGE FOR PLANET EARTH 2017 - Smart Travel, Smart Architecture and Heritage Conservation and its Enjoyment for Dialogue", Florence, Italy, 11-12 March 2017: 243-249.

You can find the proceedings here and search the pages 243-249.

You can find the original paper in English by SBRG here.