Stonehenge: an ancient sound system?


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According to an article published in the Guardian on February 16, 2012, an American scientist believes that the standing stones of Stonehenge are placed so as to reproduce an auditory interference pattern.

This type of pattern is heard as regularly occurring loud and soft sounds “created by acoustic interference when two instruments played the same note continuously.”

Independent researcher Steven Waller performed several experiments where blindfolded volunteers listened to these auditory interference patterns and drew diagrams of where they thought solid objects were blocking the sound. The diagrams they drew matched the spacing of the stones at Stonehenge.

Waller believes that the ancient culture that built Stonehenge did so to reproduce this pattern of loud and soft, perhaps when dancers would  move in a circle around the stones with one or two musicians in the center.

To read the entire article, and to listen to an example of auditory interference patterns, click here.

What do you think? Plausible explanation, or bogus theory? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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