Stonehenge ‘would have sounded like a cathedral’ to Neolithic man, say researchers

Stonehenge surrounded by rapeseed last week: Researchers say the space reacted to acoustic activity in a way that would have been noticeable to the Neolithic man

For Neolithic man, the effect of walking into Stonehenge would have been the audio equivalent of walking into a cathedral.

This is the theory of a team of researchers from the University of Salford, who spent four years studying the historic site’s acoustic properties in a bid to crack the mystery of why it was built.

The researchers found that the space reacted to acoustic activity in a way that would have been completely novel to people 5,000 years ago – a rich reverberating vibration of sound they could not hear elsewhere.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sFor Neolithic man, the effect of walking into Stonehenge would have been the audio equivalent of walking into a cathedral.

This is the theory of a team of researchers from the University of Salford, who spent four years studying the historic site’s acoustic properties in a bid to crack the mystery of why it was built.

The researchers found that the space reacted to acoustic activity in a way that would have been completely novel to people 5,000 years ago – a rich reverberating vibration of sound they could not hear elsewhere.

Lead researcher, Bruno Fazenda said: ‘As they walk inside they would have perceived the sound environment around them had changed in some way.

‘They would have been stricken by it, they would say: “This is different”.’

The researchers base their conclusions on the reverberation effects of the site. As sound is generated, it bounces back, and grows as more sound waves join it.

This is different to an echo, which is the report of one sound coming back to the listener.

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