Silbury Springs, The Avebury Book, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Fortean Times ARCHAEOLOGY WRITING MUSIC  
Archaeoacoustics, Oramics, Overtone Singing, Bilocation, Surround Sound, John Michell, Patrick Harpur, Alternative 3, Raspberry Parade, Hinyanja
Much of my life has been devoted to music. After a long career as a professional musician and composer I now spend my time researching and photographing the Avebury landscape and monuments close to my home in Wiltshire. I also write on archaeology for journals and magazines.

Most recently I have been exploring the connection between the siting of prehistoric monuments and moving water in the Avebury area; I have visited and recorded over fifty springs within a five mile radius of the Avebury Henge. During the winter of 2012-13 when water levels were unusually high I made significant discoveries around Avebury - notably that the great ditch surrounding Silbury Hill is lined with springs that supply most of its water. The springs had never been seen before.

This, and much more, is featured in my new book, now on sale:

EXPLORING AVEBURY: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE

 
THE FLINT THAT ROARED
Could some prehistoric 'ritual flint knives' have been used for producing sound?

ACOUSTIC SILBURY
In a 2007 experiment, a range of musical sounds were played from the top of Silbury Hill. The public were invited to report on what they could hear from different positions in the surrounding area. I recorded some significant natural echoes in the Silbury Meadow, which may be played as a sound file.

BECKHAMPTON COVE EXPERIMENT
Building a simple life-sized model has demonstrated that the cove's four stones would have reflected out sounds made within the structure. To a listener outside the cove this would present the illusion of one of the stones 'speaking'.

WEST KENNET LONG BARROW ACOUSTICS
I have done a great deal of research on the acoustics of the West Kennet long barrow, near Avebury. The inaudible infrasonic resonance of the monument's central passage has the potential to produce altered states of consciousness. Was this its original purpose?
The acoustics of West Kennet are featured in my book. (see left)

A more detailed account of this work was published in the peer-reviewed journal TIME & MIND 2016, VOL 9, NO. 1.
The paper may be read online:

ACOUSTICS OF THE WEST KENNET LONG BARROW, AVEBURY, WILTSHIRE TIME & MIND 2016, VOL 9, NO. 1

The sound samples and audio spectrum plots described in the paper may be found here:

T&M ACOUSTICS OF THE WKLB - EXTRA MATERIAL

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