Mini-model of Stonehenge reveals how voices would have carried in original ancient monument

A team of researchers at the University of Salford in the U.K. has revealed how voices would have sounded 4,000 years ago inside of the Stonehenge monument. The group made a recording of their efforts and posted the results on SoundCloud.

Stonehenge is, of course, a monument built roughly 5,000 years ago by Neolithic people for unknown reasons—they left behind no written records. In , the monument has become famous the world over, and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The researchers explored what a  would have sounded like inside the monument during its heyday. To find out, they applied a modern technique that has been used to help architects build  with optimal  characteristics. The technique involves building a small-scale model of a building prior to construction and blasting sounds at it at 12 times their normal frequency in a sound chamber to overcome the size differences.

To replicate the technique for Stonehenge, the researchers 3-D printed each of the stones and used them to make silicon molds that were then filled with a plaster-polymer mix. Each of the stones was painted and then placed in its original position within the monument. The result was a 1:12 scale model of the original monument—the tallest model stone was just 60 centimeters.[…]

Source: Mini-model of Stonehenge reveals how voices would have carried in original ancient monument

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