“Archaeoacoustics” is the exploration of acoustic phenomena encoded in ancient artifacts. In a recent podcast, scientist experimented with this concept by placing a strong microphone along the grooves of an ancient wheel-thrown vessel to potentially hear any sounds that may have been uttered by the potter…2,500 years ago. I became intrigued by this concept and how inventive the experiment itself was. Although there are versions of this idea throughout history, it is clear that the phenomenon lies on the boundary of technical plausibility.
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