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New line of research in archaeoacoustics and electromagnetism in Italy on Mount Amiata in Tuscany by SBRG


 TAG:  electromagnetic waves, ultrasounds, archaeoacoustics, Mount Amiata, Mount Labbro, SBRG, SB Research Group

Fig. 1 - The Mount Amiata


In mid-August 2012 the archaeologist Niccolò Bisconti, new member of SBRG, and prof. Paolo Debertolis have begun new archaeo-acoustic researches in the territory of Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena), little historical town,  full of archaeological artifacts of all ages.


Fig. 2 - Above: the archaeologist Nicholas Bisconti while operating by spectrum analyzer for searching electromagnetic phenomena present at the Cave of the Archer. Below: the analyzer used, mod. Spectran NF-3010 of the German factory AAronia AG


Fig. 3 - We have begun a research on the acoustic band in field of hearing (20-22.000Hz), next time (October 2012) we will use equipment for researching also ultrasonic vibrations


Taking advantage of the experience gained in the Balkans and in southern England, the research program will address several issues related to the "sacredness" of several sites from different eras that seem to have influenced the choice of constructing a temple or a church in particular areas rather than others.

The thesis, that the research group SBRG follows more than two years, is  that natural phenomena in the field of band of audible sound or ultrasonic, and electromagnetic or geodynamic phenomena may have had a close connection with aspects of spirituality of a particular place. These characteristics appear to have influenced ultimately the choice of construction of a particular temple in a certain place.

Mount Amiata, thanks to its unique geological aspect, volcanic origins and its long history of settlements that is lost in time, seems the perfect place to continue these studies in Italy. The research has expanded, as well as in the area most closely related to Mount Amiata, also in the nature reserve of Mount Labbro.



Fig. 4 - Mount Labbro is placed in the nature reserve of Mount Labbro and in the wildlife sanctuary of Mount Amiata


Fig. 5 - The collection of data on Mount Labbro was very impressive. In a lot of places this mount offers breathtaking environments.  We have collected, in particular, a lot of data in the chapel carved into the rock underneath the Tower Giurisdavidic


The group SBRG elected as  base for meetings of researchers, who will alternate in this study on the Amiata mountain, the hut / restaurant that is near the source of spring water “Magria” on Mount Amiata. It is placed strategically and geographically in a location more suitable for this purpose. With a little number of confortable rooms where you can deposit the instrument and immediately see the results of research (as well as a great food!), “Fonte Magria” refuge will be the point of reference for our researchers in this territory.


Fig. 6 - The hut / restaurant “Fonte Magria” where we have established our base for research. It is on the slopes of Mount Amiata, near a source of spring water, and also surrounded by archaeological sites and ancient artifact as this stone tank placed in the garden of restaurant, used for the tanning of hides and skins in the Middle Ages (image below)


We discovered an interesting vibration near the ancient hermitage of Santa Maria dell'Ermeta, ancient settlement and revered by the local population, which sometimes appears during the night in audible band around 10Khz. It is not clear yet its origin, but it is likely that the presence of noise is due to some natural vent or airhole nearby.


Fig. 7 - In the archaeo-acoustic research is important immediately to check results by computer with the analysis of the spectrum, this to avoid the  collecting a lot of absolutely useless data. Here we are working with our collaborator Mr. Antonio Paccini in front of hermitage of “S.Maria dell’Ermeta” during the day


Fig. 8 - But, of course, overnight data collection becomes much more interesting and easy, without the presence of tourists or other human activity. The site of Ermeta, however, is most interesting during the night than the day, as they appear strange sounds that were not easily identifiable


Fig. 9 - Track night in front of the hermitage of Ermeta. In some cases, a strong sound around 10.000Hz and a weaker around 2.950Hz appeared and also clearly audible, similar to wind noise, but in the absence of wind


Fig. 10 - Track night a few nights later. There is something around 12.000Hz, but a small peak around 2.950Hz also remains


Fig. 11 - The track during the day. As you can see there are no sounds. The site looks totally quiet during the day



In October, the next round of researches, mainly focused on finding abnormal ultrasound and magnetic fields.

Paolo Debertolis - August 23, 2012








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