by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
Silencity recently published a post about sounds that have been lost to humans, e.g., the call of the wooly mammoth, because they were heard before sound recording technology had developed.
This article from Acoustics Today discusses the field of archaeoacoustics. Anthropologists and acoustic engineers are exploring ancient sites where specific sounds were thought to be important to humans, and recreating those sound environments.
Sounds are important to humans today, and must have been even more significant in ancient times, when the natural environment was much quieter and sounds could be heard at a much greater distance.