Steven J Heimel
All the way back to the Greeks and before, European culture is rooted in worship and theater. Now a budding field of archaeology brings us new evidence of elements of theater in ceremonial locations going back thousands of years in both Europe and the New World. The stones of ancient outdoor plazas rang with strange sounds that scientists are beginning to be able to reproduce. We are beginning to learn what an oracle sounds like. This year for the first time the American Association for the Advancement of Science had a session on a promising new science called archaeoacoustics, the study of the sounds of the past. Read more.