Listening Across Time and Geography: Exploring Sound in Archaeology
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
Miriam Kolar, Five College Associate, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, SAR
Immediate, ephemeral, dynamic: sound pervades human experience and communication. Uncommon to archaeological inquiry, the exploration of sonic concerns reveals aspects of human life and social organization not otherwise apparent. To study sensory ephemera, archaeologists must develop methods for identifying and reconstructing the physical dynamics and perceptual implications of materials that researchers typically process and interpret in many other ways. Sharing examples from her integrative archaeoacoustics fieldwork in the Andes, Dr. Kolar demonstrates how a multidisciplinary fusion of methodologies––acoustical, psychoacoustical, musical, ethnological, and computational, among others––enriches our understanding of ancient life.
Videography by Jose Cruzado.