viernes, 14 de abril de 2017

With Archaeoacoustics, Researchers Listen for Clues to the Prehistoric Past

1/4. Wall painting at Kapova Cave (Russia). The caverns here are an area of acoustic research for Reznikoff. SaganZ/CC BY-SA 4.0

Investigators in this small, emerging field make noise in caves and measure resonance.

Iegor Reznikoff shows no self-consciousness as he imitates the sound of a prehistoric bison in the middle of a Parisian hybrid café and Chinese restaurant. And frankly, no one seems to pay him any mind.

Reznikoff, a tall man dressed all in black, has the look of a musician, which he is. He is also an early pioneer in a field that has become formally known as archaeoacoustics, or sound archaeology. He is explaining his process for exploring prehistoric painted caves, a mix of systematic measurement and vocal experimentation.

Archaeology aims to infer things about the behavior of people of the past, mainly working back from physical structures and objects. Archaeo-acousticians want a sense of how the past sounded. Their methods include the careful examination of sites, known to have been used by humans, for clues about rituals performed there that might have included sound. They may also generate sound on-site to then measure the resonance or the echoes in a space. [...] Atlas Obscura

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Myths about Rock Art

Book: Myths about Rock Art
by Robert G. Bednarik
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology (March 19, 2017)

Rather than considering the myths supposedly depicted in the world's rock art, this book examines the myths archaeologists and others have created about the meanings and significance of rock art. This vast body of opinions dominates our concepts of the principal surviving cultural manifestations of early worldviews. Here these constructs are subjected to detailed analysis and are found to consist largely of misinterpretations...

Related: 2013. Research paper (PDF): Myths About Rock Art

The Forgotten Exodus: The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution

Book: The Forgotten Exodus: The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution
by Bruce R. Fenton
File Size: 987 KB
Print Length: 115 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Bruce R. Fenton (April 7, 2017)
Publication Date: April 7, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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