Aaron Watson’s sonic experiments inside megalithic structures from the British Neolithic suggest that their design incorporated elements that caused sound to behave in unsual ways, and that altered states of consciousness, even trance, could be induced through drumming and other percussive practices.
In Orkney, at the massive stone block of the Dwarfie Stane, which has chambers and passages that were hewn out of the solid rock in Neolithic times, they encountered another odd phenomenon: when they set up a resonant frequency inside the chamber using their voices, they found that the massive stone block and the air within it appeared to shake vigorously. The vibration was also evident to people standing outside on top of the tomb.
(Ph: David Anderson)
(Text: Archaeology of Shamanism, Neil Price)
Nubian pyramids dating from around 100 BCE to 150 CE,
located at Gebel Barkal in present day Sudan. Photograph taken during
the University of Chicago Expedition to Egypt and Sudan, 1906 / src: Stephen Ellcock
The Goseck Henge in Germany is an early Neolithic Henge-structure with entrances orientated to the rising and setting winter solstice sun. Dating back from 5,000 BC, the Goseck ‘Henge’ is considered the earliest solar observatory in the world.
It lies on the same latitude as Stonehenge, at just over 1′ minute of longitude further north which is approx 1000 meters.
Huaca Pucllana, Lima, 200 AD – 700 AD approx.
From a show played at the ruins of this Peruvian adobe and clay pyramid. (photo by Isaac Borrego on Flickr)
Temple of the Sun, Baalbek, Lebanon, ca. 1915
Ruins of Persepolis, Iran, circa 1923.
Roman ruins cat, Split