Soundscapes in the Past: Interaudibility in the Chacoan Built Landscape

Author(s): David Witt; Kristy E. Primeau

Year: 2017


Sound has been a long disregarded aspect of the cultural landscape, despite being an important factor in how we, as human beings, interact with the wider world. By incorporating a consideration of sound, archaeologists can more fully understand the embodied experience explored through phenomenological approaches. In this poster, we investigate the interaudibility present within the built landscape of Chaco Canyon, using a GIS tool we have developed over the past two years. Focusing on Downtown Chaco, we present a soundscape, illustrating how events at shrines, stone circles, isolated kivas, and great houses may have been heard at other locations.

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Soundscapes in the Past: Interaudibility in the Chacoan Built Landscape. David Witt, Kristy E. Primeau. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430090)

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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15819