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Monday, March 19, 2012

Research: The Sound of Conches and Pre-Incan Rituals

Rituals and Conches (3:50) The sound of ancient soundscapes is an interesting topic to contemplate.  The "acoustic musicians" of the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics help archaeologists unravel the mysteries of the pre-Incan Chavín temple complex -- and the ritual role given to the conch. Click2Read more about this research. 

See also: The Chavín de Huántar Archaeological Acoustics Project that is investigating the architectural and instrumental acoustics of Chavín de Huántar, a 3,000-year old ceremonial center in the north-central sierra of Perú that pre-dates Inca society by over 2,000 years. This research endeavors to measure and explore an ephemeral class of artifact: the acoustic and psychoacoustic dimensions of ancient architecture and instruments of this Formative Andean complex. A Context Video is also online related to this project.

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