Recently, the American scholar Stephen Waller, a rare arheoakustike specialist, examined the famous Stonehenge and found a very interesting acoustic phenomena. The scheme of the acoustic shadows cast by its stone pillars, quite accurately reflect the pattern of interference of sound waves generated by the sound of two flutes in the center of megalithic complex.
The phenomenon of sound "wells"
If the center of this famous ancient stone structure put two musicians to play the flute, then bypassing the Stonehenge, an outside observer in some places almost no longer hear the sounds of musical instruments. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that the sound waves are reflected from the stones, mutually inhibiting each other, and playing flute becomes almost inaudible. And can assume that the stones are in those places, where the two musicians playing there was mysterious to the ancient Britons soundstage.
Having established the existence of this phenomenon, Waller suggested that Stonehenge was built in connection with the acoustic effect. As additional evidence of the name of the researcher says "stones pipers", which the ancient Britons called Stonehenge.
Stephen Waller also reminds also of the ancient legend of the girls are also associated with the stones of Stonehenge. It also featured pipers who lured girls dancing around in a field, and then turned them to stone. That's why some researchers believe musical instruments and their sound certainly played an important role in the construction of the megalithic complex.
Acoustic illusion embodied in stone
The independent researcher, the idea of the ancient Stonehenge British could draw from his perception of sound in this legendary place. Waller was able to demonstrate how the sound of two flutes creates an acoustic illusion, which corresponds to the picture of the spatial arrangement of stone columns.
Scientist adapted to two flutes air pump, thus ensuring their continuous play, and began to walk around in circles. Flute sounds died down in some places, and in others increased. He then drew the volunteers who walked blindfolded. They said that at times felt as if some obstacles between them and the source of the sound.
Waller said that the ancient Britons, dancing to the two pipes and moving around, heard a remission, the amplification of the sound, as if between the musicians and dancers at the same distance from each other were some invisible barrier. This effect, according to scientists, of course, to show them the supernatural, and that it tried to play the creators of Stonehenge.
"My theory is that the creators of the prehistoric monument of perceived sound of two flutes, which is played in the open, as the interference pattern of the sound waves, which at certain points of the volume fluctuated. The scheme shows the interference of sound waves of acoustic shadow zone. If we consider this figure from above, it resembles the spokes of a wheel. If you are traveling on such a wheel, every time you walk up to the point of suppression of sound, it is a feeling that before you invisible massive object, "- says Stephen Waller.
It should be noted that the assumption Waller that the builders of Stonehenge were familiar with the acoustics, not the first. In 2009, English scientist Rupert Till of the University Haddersfildskogo made computer analysis of the acoustic features of Stonehenge and proved that the drum beats and singing should resonate on its stones.
Of course, the hypothesis of Stephen Waller was perceived in the scientific community is pretty cool. Stonehenge used to be perceived as a kind of ancient observatory or Calendar Stone, its creation is credited with some even strangers, so a new "acoustic" version of many seem frivolous and not worthy of attention. However, as with other hypotheses concerning Stonehenge, she certainly has the right to exist.
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