Archaeoacoustics: Tantalizing, but fantastical

While compelling, findings lack scientific rigor

By Nadia Drake, 10:46 AM February 17, 2012

VANCOUVER — The field of archaeoacoustics wears the glossy sheen of charisma, a veneer that provides some protection against skeptics wielding the scientific method.

To be fair, the topic — which might resonate with our inner Indiana Jones character — is appealing: Scientists studying ancient ritual spaces like Stonehenge and Chavín de Huántar in the Peruvian Andes are using acoustics to divine some of the intention behind the ancient architecture. Results suggest that the structure of Ston...

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