The Third International Multi-disciplinary Conference on The Archaeology of Sound


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Event Date(s): 
05/10/2017 - 08:15 to 08/10/2017 - 16:15

Organized by
The OTS Foundation, 
The Instituto Terra e Memória (ITM)  and
The Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal

Presentations from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices will focus on the ancient use of sound in sacred and contemplative spaces.   The multi-disciplinary aspect is expected to help highly specialized experts to understand complicated principles of other fields such as archaeology, physics, neuroscience, architectural engineering, in order to create a holistic platform for interpretation. 

The non-profit conference welcomes academics, independent researchers, musicologists and non-presenting enthusiasts.  An optional accommodation and pre-conference excursion package will be organized and offered to registered participants.

250-300 word Abstracts for paper and poster presentations, accompanied by the author's academic or institution affiliation, can be sent to: « [email protected] >> 

​​​FEATURING
Paul Devereux:  When the World Got a Soundtrack

Iegor Reznikoff:  On Foundations of Archaeoacoustics

Katya Stroud : ​A 5,000 Year Old Soundbox: Malta's Hypogeum

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE includes:

Linda Eneix:  The OTS Foundation - USA,  Coordinator
Fernando Coimbra : Instituto Terra e Memória, Centre for Geosciences, Portugal 
Josette Portelli: The OTS Foundation - Malta

SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE  includes, in alphabetical order:

Fernando Coimbra:  Rock art researcher,  Instituto Terra e Memória, Centre for Geosciences, Portugal 

Dragos Georghiu: Archaeologist, expert in Late prehistory and experimental archaeology, University of Bucharest, Romania 

Richard Grove : Head of Acoustics in London for Building Design Partnership

Luiz Oosterbeek:  Pro-President, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar/ Instituto Terra e Memória/ Centre of Geosciences, Portugal

Iegor Reznikoff : Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris, specialist of the foundations of Art and Music of Antiquity 

​Katya Stroud:  Senior Curator of Prehistoric Sites, Heritage Malta

Event Location: 
The Polytechnic Institute of Tomar
Portugal
PT
Online Event: 
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