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Stonehenge – Breathing Life Into The Lost Sounds

Stonehenge is one of the finest known prehistoric monuments in Europe. It’s a ring of stones, which the archaeologists believe were constructed back in 3,000 to 2,000 BC.

But, this is not all about the Stonehenge, which is imperative and interesting, there is much more to it. The circle of stones has a musical hum to it. In fact, these are the exact words used by Thomas Hardy to describe it. The D’Urbervilles ceases at Stonehenge and depicts some great sounds. In fact, even the musicians of the present day; have mentioned that they have experienced nothing less than special, when playing instruments within the stone circle.

Now, the Stonehenge is almost in the state of ruin. So, the sound it had back in 3,000 years ago is not what you are experiencing now. This is the acumen, Dr. Rupert Till, University of Huddersfield, utilized technology to fabricate video games and architects.  He utilized some primitive musical instrument for this. So, in a nutshell, he fabricated a virtual sound tour of Stonehenge. It was similar to the sound which must have been produced with all the stones in place.

Dr. Till has arrived at the place one chilly morning in January with a horn, a drum and sticks. The outcome was as expected. Even, with the fact that it was in a partially deconstructed state, a definite echo could be heard.

But, there are always critics and people who muse about such things, resulting in question which lead to valuable answer.

So, there are archeologists and researchers who felt that sound can always bounce off, the standing stones. Thus, it does not imply that it was of significance to the people 3,000 years ago.

But, Dr. Till has an answer for the same; he says that there are many evidences in history, which indicate that primitive people were captivated and charmed to places with a disparate sound. He further says that till date, the wind or the drumming sound has the capacity to produce a bass note of 47 Hz.

The app

In fact, he also developed an app. This app is able to blot out the sound. The sound can be that made by tourists or the cars in the close vicinity to the A303. And the users will be able to go back to the sound realm of 3000 years ago. In the app he has utilized the instruments, like bone flutes and animal horns. He says that the site has a similar characteristic like that expected at the rock concert venue.

Dr Rupert Till created a virtual sound tour of Stonehenge as it would have sounded with all the stones in place 5,000 years agoImage Source (Image Source)


Other evidences

Indeed, people have always been interested in the acoustic environment. And, there are many evidences of the same:-

  • There are the caves in Spain, where in many instruments have been found underground.
  • There are human markings on stalactites. And, when the stalactite is struck in the right way, it gives a beautiful musical sound.

In the same context, Dr Aaron Watson, a research archeologist who specializes in the visualizing the past, has opened a novel way of researching the history. In accordance with him, the virtual reality is a novel way of researching the history. Hence, it would give more prospects into history.


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