December Day 8: The Archaeology of Sound & Music

An entire issue of the archaeological journal World Archaeology was dedicated to the archaeology of sound and music in 2014, and it is well worth a read if you are interested in archaeology and sound. All of the articles within it are currently free to download here.  Get them while you can – these articles may not always stay open access!

As John Schofield says in the opening editorial…

This collection contains a diversity of examples, from the Palaeolithic to the present, from the Near East and South America to Europe and the USA. It raises a number of questions which archaeology, in partnership with researchers from other disciplines, appears uniquely placed to address, combining under the single big question: what did the past actually sound like?

As an aside, this article which explores what it would be like to experience of bird song in the past at an Anglo Saxon site is just lovely.


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