Archaeoacoustics Scotland is the online hub and publishing portal of Nick Green, a sound designer and audio engineer working in the field of acoustic ecology and archaeoacoustics, the analysis of sound and acoustics in heritage and archaeological sites. Based in Scotland, the majority of the works presented here are from sites around Scotland. A graduate of Edinburgh University, he has been lecturing at Perth UHI for 17 years (2017)
One of the most exciting branches of the new multi-sensory archaeology is archaeoacoustics, the archaeology of sound. In February 2014, the pioneers of this field met on the island of Malta for their first international conference. It was truly extraordinary.” Kate Douglas, features editor of New Scientist writing in the foreword of ‘Archaeoacoustics; The Archaeology of Sound’. This 2015 publication from the first International Multi-disciplinary Archaeoacoustics Conference, where eminent and emerging researchers gathered on the island of Malta, to discuss and share methodologies and analysis of this emerging scientific, arts and humanities field: archaeoacoustics. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance for this first international, multidisciplinary conference, it was truly extraordinary.
Archaeoacoustics is a multidisciplinary practice by its nature requiring the knowledge of anthropologists and archaeologists, architects, acousticians, audio engineers and sound designers, historians and musicologists. As a sound designer and audio engineer I came to archaeoacoustics through the study of acoustic ecology and through conversations with archaeologists. Anthropologist Dr. Ezra Zubrow states in ‘Archaeoacosutics; The Archaeology of Sound’ “Indeed, many of it’s practitioners do not even realize that it is a field, albeit a very immature field. Nor do they think of themselves as archaeoacousticians. Rather they consider themselves to be sound engineers, architects, musical historians, ethnomusicologits and practicing musicians to name a few.”