The theatre at Aspendos, Turkey is famous for its magnificent acoustics. Even the slightest sound made at the center of the orchestra can be easily heard as far as the upper most galleries. It is the best preserved and most complete example of a Roman theatre.

Ancient Acoustic Artifacts and Communication with the Gods

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Copyright © 2015 Gary Evans

Top image: The theatre at Aspendos, Turkey is famous for its magnificent acoustics. Even the slightest sound made at the center of the orchestra can be easily heard as far as the upper most galleries. It is the best preserved and most complete example of a Roman theatre. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )

By Gary Evans

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2. Miriam Kolar. Tuned to the Senses: An Archaeoacoustic Perspective on Ancient Chavín

3. This is a recording of Peruvian musician Tito La Rosa playing two of the Chavín pututus in the Museo Nacional Chavín, September 2008. 

4. SB Research Group (SBRG)

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7. International Business Times: Stonehenge Was a 'Giant Echo Chamber to Summon up the Ancient Spirits'

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Comments

I currently have several unique examples of  whistling vessels which were suppossedly found on the Pacific side of Nicaragua, and that I am currently attempting to authenticate. To my knowlege, there are no records of similar objects in this region, thus I am very sceptical of their authenticity. When I have more information to share on these remarkable looking pieces, I will publish my tentative findings. Who knows, they may very well be beautifully done fakes, or possibly pieces which could challenge our ideas about the indigenous cultures in the “Isthmo-Columbian” area of the Americas.

R. Lee Bowers

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