Cultural Acoustics

Integrative Archaeoacoustics research examines relationships among diverse forms of sound-related archaeological evidence and materials, while also seeking relevant ethnographic data from present-day sources. Where materials and objects of sound production are adequately preserved, direct observational testing and acoustical measurements may be made, along with perceptual evaluation by human participants of systematic experimentation. Site-contextualized psychoacoustics, conducted in-situ where possible, and also by means of virtual reconstructions (computational models known as auralizations) constitute a methodical approach to the archaeological study of human experiential dynamics. Integrative archaeoacoustics may be understood as a developing framework for engaging the interconnections among material culture, physical dynamical processes, sensory phenomena, and human experience, first applied in investigations led by Miriam Kolar at the Andean Formative site at Chavín de Huántar, Perú.

Recent Publication:
Sensing sonically at Andean Formative Chavín de Huántar, Perú
Miriam A. Kolar
Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture 2017 10:1 :