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

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30/10/2015 - 09:30 to 01/11/2015 - 17:30

From humankind’s oldest monuments: Göbekli Tepe and Malta’s Hypogeum to Stonehenge and Newgrange Passage Tomb, to Chavín de Huántar and Mayan pyramids -- researchers are now taking note of unusual sound behavior in the world's monumental places.

It is no secret that ancient cultures all over the world have exploited natural sound phenomena for spiritual and ceremonial use.  Those people who attended or have read the papers in the publication from the first OTSF Archaeoacoustics Conference have also discerned first-hand that Stone Age builders knew how to impart an impressive human psychological and physiological experience, whether they could explain the science of it or not.  The question of “Why?” is ripe for exploring.
ARCHAEOACOUSTICS I  was a pioneering event that opened a door for new study.  As we move forward armed with the beginnings of a methodology informed by diverse expertise, 
our goal for ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II is to carry onward the insightful advantage of this multidisciplinary approach.
> Let’s follow this back to some of the world’s oldest known structures and sacred spaces to identify any patterns.
> Let’s examine all aspects of ancient traditions of the use of sound and stone to effect consciousness.
> Let’s see how all this directly relates to the design of contemplative architecture and other potential applications for today.


ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists 
working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices. 

Submit your 250-300 word abstract
for a 20-25 minute presentation, along with a brief bio for each author via email to:
[email protected]


PhD in Prehistory and Archaeology (University of Salamanca), is a rock art researcher with Post-doc in Rock Art.  Instituto Terra e Memória, Centre for Geosciences, Portugal

Ph.D. F.S.A. Professor of Anthropology University at Buffalo, US and University of Toronto (SO), Canada, Sr. Research Scientist National Center for Geographic Analysis, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Geographer

PROF.AGG. Department of Medical Sciences, University of Trieste (Italy), Chair of Dental Archaeology, Director of Project SB Research Group

Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris (Université de Paris Ouest) is a specialist of the foundations of Art and Music of Antiquity and particularly of Early Christian Chant for which his performance, based on deep comparative studies and on practice of ancient scales, is known worldwide. This speciality has led him to study the resonance of Romanesque and Gothic churches as well as the resonance of prehistoric painted caves for which he has shown the relationship between paintings and acoustics. He is a specialist in Sound Therapy and more generally in Sound Anthropology.

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