The peculiar properties of sound at Stonehenge

29 Aug 2010

New Scientist August 27th ... acoustic experiments were made at Stonehenge in an attempt to determine how it may have sounded during prehistoric gatherings. Once the acoustic fingerprint was discovered it could then be analysed - or modelled, using an anechoic chamber (at the University of Salford), and afterwards, convoluted. Due to reflection of sound from the stones, reverberating sounds such as drumming become deeper - as if the bass had been turned up and the tenor turned down. Why this research is being repeated now is unclear as acoustic properties at ancient sites was a popular theme some years ago. The bigger question now is, was it the product of accident or design?