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Archaeoacoustic analysis of Xaghra Hypogeum, Gozo, Malta

Paolo Debertolis*, Nina Earl**, Natalia Tarabella***

 

 *Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste, Italy

**SB Research Group, London, UK

***SB Research Group, Florence, Italy

 

 

Abstract - Archaeoacoustics offers a new way to interpret anthropological questions pertaining to ancient architecture and populations. Studies conducted at a number of ancient sites throughout Europe and Asia, have found the presence of natural phenomena capable of influencing the human brain. Earlier studies show that ancient populations most likely through use of empirical methods chose the location of their ceremonial sites for this reason. In Xaghra Hypogeum a stone circle located on the island of Gozo, Malta, infrasounds and audible low frequencies capable of affecting the brain were discovered. The caves and surrounding stones act like a musical box amplifying the natural sounds present and it is possible the natural caves could have been modified to enhance this aspect. Similar natural characteristics were also discovered at other archaeological sites in Europe and Asia, including Epidauros in Greece and Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. This is the third and final article on results of our researches in Malta e Gozo islands (Mediterranean Sea) from archaeoacoustic point of view.

 

Keywords - archaeoacoustics, low vibrations, Gozo, Malta, Epidauros, Gobekli Tepe.

 

This scientific paper will be published on the issue of June 2017 (Volume 5, Number 1) of the Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology, ISSN 2334-2420 (Print Version) 2334-2439 (Online Version): in press.

You can find the original paper draft in English here.



 


Archaeoacoustics in archaeology

Natalia Tarabella*, Paolo Debertolis**

 

*SB Research Group, Florence, Italy

**Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste, Italy

 

AbstractArchaeoacoustics is an approach to analyze any archaeological sites that have interesting acoustic characteristics or natural physical phenomena affecting brain activity. It can be used to demonstrate for example sound occurrences incorporated into the design of the ancient structures by the architects. This is not the only application, following an anthropologic approach, archaeoacoustics can explain why during rituals an altered state of mind intensifies the experience. In fact natural phenomena, now scientifically measurable, influence the psychological state of the people by inducing mystical states. Over seven years of research in this field we have demonstrated ancient civilisations had some knowledge of this phenomena, through understanding the significance of why specific locations were chosen for buildings such as temples. Using digital recording equipment, it is now possible to record non-audible sound frequency bands. These bands have a direct effect on the human body anad mind without a person being aware of the existence of their accompanying mechanical vibrations.

Keywords – archaeoacustics, ultrasounds, infrasounds, low sound frequency.

 Proceedings in19th International Conference and Assembly of the Experts of the Foundation Romualdo Del Bianco “HERITAGE FOR PLANET EARTH 2017 - Smart Travel, Smart Architecture and Heritage Conservation and its Enjoyment for Dialogue" (Florence, Italy, 11-12 March 2017).

You can find the original paper in English by SBRG here.

 



 

Archaeoacoustic research in the ancient castle of Gropparello in Italy

Paolo Debertolis*, Daniele Gullà**, Francesca Piovesana*

 

*Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste, Italy

**SB Research Group, Bologna, Italy

 

Abstract - Archaeoacoustics provides a way of offering new interpretations on anthropological questions pertaining to ancient architecture and populations. We made an archaeoacoustic analysis of a medieval castle (Gropparello) in Italy built over a likely ancient sacred site known from Celtic period of that area. Our results show a great number of physical phenomena that appear to exist only within the area of the castle but they are not detectable in the surrounding neighborhood. In particular we found infrasounds, audible low frequencies and spiral magnetic fields able to affect brain activity. We can presume that the myth of a sacred site pre-existing in the location where the castle was built is real. The site seems to have the same characteristics we found in other sacred sites in Europe and Asia.

 

Keywords – archaeoacoustics, Gropparello, vibrations.

 

Proceedings in the Congress “The 5th Virtual International Conference on Advanced Research in Scientific Areas” (ARSA-2016) Slovakia,  November 9 - 11, 2016: pp. 98-104.

(http://www.arsa-conf.com).

Published by: EDIS - Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina, Univerzitná 1, 01026 Žilina, Slovak Republic.

ISBN: 978-80-554-0958-0, ISSN: 1338-9831

You can find the original paper in English by SBRG here.

You can find the original paper from the congress web site here.

 


 


 

Archaeoastronomy at Kanda geoglyph, Macedonia

Paolo Debertolis*, Domagoj Nikolić**, Natalia Tarabella***

 

 *Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste, Italy

**Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubrovnik, Croatia

***SB Research Group, Italy

 

 

Abstract - This paper extends our previous research of an artificial mound in Kanda (Macedonia) from an archaeoastronomical point of view. In two previous papers, SB Research Group explained its archaeoacoustic research and established the existence of several cavities, likely burial chambers, inside the mound. This mound is essentially a massive earthwork, which, on its top contains two concentric - approximately oval frames and a large geoglyph in the center which resembles the mirror image of the Constellation of Cassiopeia. Through analyzing the symbolism of the Macedonian royal dynasty and through dating by the method of the precession of equinoxes, we established that the geoglyph is precisely pointing to Alexander’s birthday in the calendar. The precise alignment of the rising Sun, Cassiopeia and geoglyph on Alexander’s birthday in 356 B.C. suggests that geoglyph contains something related to him, possibly his tomb or the tomb of a close relative.

Keywords - geoglyph, Alexander the Great, archaeoastronomy, archaeoacoustics.

 

This scientific paper was published on the issue of December 2016 (Volume 4, Number 2) of the Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology, ISSN 2334-2420 (Print Version) 2334-2439 (Online Version): pp. 59-71.

You can find the original paper in English here.

You can find the original paper from the journal web site here.


 

 

Archaeoacoustic Analysis of Tarxien Temples in Malta

Paolo Debertolis*, Nina Earl**, Maja Zivić***

 

 *Department of Medical Sciences - University of Trieste, Italy

**SB Research Group, scientific assistant, London, UK

***National Museum Zaječar, Curator of Roman Palace Felix Romuliana, Gamzigrad, Serbia

 

AbstractThe Tarxien Temples in Malta were analysed from an archaeoacoustic point of view. As there is no roof present, it was not possible to find the resonance properties of the various chambers.  This investigation however, discovered an interesting low vibration originating from below the ground. The most likely explanation of its origin is due to the movement of underground water through geological faults.  This vibration appears to be transmitted through the megaliths, some of which have concavities or carved holes. Previous archaeological interpretation, has suggested these were likely to have been used to support the foundations of some sort of barrier or door, but without any supporting evidence. Using archaeoacoustic methods a new interpretation of these architectonic particularities is put forward, acting as some type of forerunner to speakers.

Keywords - Tarxien Temples, Malta, stone circle, resonance, brain activity, megalithic architecture.

 

Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology, ISSN 2334-2420 (Print Version) 2334-2439 (Online Version), vol. 4 n.1, pp 7-27, 2016

You can find the article draft in English here.

You can find the published article (E-Publication FirstTM) on the Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology here.


 

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