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Discovery of Ancient "Super-Acoustics" May Have Modern Therapeutic Value Research organized by The OTS Foundation on a prehistoric necropolis yields clues to the ancient use of sound and its effect on brain activity


Discovery of Ancient "Super-Acoustics" May Have Modern Therapeutic Value

Research organized by The OTS Foundation on a prehistoric necropolis yields clues to the ancient use of sound and its effect on brain activity

PR Newswire

VALLETTA, Malta, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Inside a 5,000-years-old mortuary temple on the Mediterranean island of Malta, scientists have detected the presence of a strong double resonance frequency at 70Hz and 114Hz.  Laboratory testing indicates that exposure to these particular resonant frequencies can have a physical effect on human brain activity.

Tests conducted at the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit at the University of Trieste in Italy may answer the question of how prehistoric builders were able to achieve advanced engineering knowledge.  Dr. Paolo Debertolis reports that: "Volunteers with a frontal lobe prevalence during testing received ideas and thoughts similar to what happens during meditation, whilst those with occipital lobe prevalence visualized images." He goes on to state that under the right circumstances of sound, "Ancient populations were able to obtain different states of consciousness without the use of drugs or other chemical substances."

A select international team including Dr. Debertolis examined Malta's underground Hal Saflieni Hypogeum because of its unusual acoustics and its exceptional state of preservation.  Hal Saflieni was sculpted from solid rock and used during a period between 3,600- 2,400 BC, predating Stonehenge and the Pyramids.  The same builders created complex and highly decorated megalithic temples above ground, including a complete solar calendar that still functions.  The Hypogeum was used as a shrine for the dead, once holding the bones of an estimated 7,000 people.  Unlike the exposed temples, it has retained its structural integrity and is completely intact.  Low voices boom through the rooms in bone-chilling echo waves that last as long as 7 to 8 seconds.

The builders of the site exploited the phenomenon of deep resonance, using architectural techniques to boost these "super-acoustics".  A radio frequency spectrum engineer observed that in the Hypogeum, "The Oracle Chamber ceiling, especially near its entrance from the outer area, and the elongated inner chamber itself, appears to be intentionally carved into the form of a wave guide."  Project organizer Linda Eneix points to other features: "The carving of niches which concentrate the effect of sound, the curved shape of the Oracle Chamber with its shallow 'shelf' cut high across the back, the corbelled ceilings and concave walls in the finer rooms are all precursors of today's acoustically engineered performance environments." She says, "If we can accept that these developments were not by accident, then it's clear that Hal Saflieni's builders knew how to manipulate a desired human psychological and physiological experience, whether they could explain it or not."

Reports from the on-site project and details of the laboratory tests appear in a just-released book:  "Archaeoacoustics: The Archaeology of Sound".  The Hypogeum site evaluation was initiated and funded by The OTS Foundation, a USA not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization for research about the Neolithic Mediterranean, with offices in Florida and Malta. 

Read more on Website: www.archaeoacoustics.org

Contact: Linda Eneix
941 918 9215
Email
http://www.otsf.org

SOURCE The OTS Foundation

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