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    Stonehenge Acoustics Ideal for Trance-Like Tunes

    Stonehenge was built as a dance arena for prehistoric "samba-style" raves, according to a study of the acoustics of the 5,000-year-old stone circle.

    Using cutting-edge technology, Rupert Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at Huddersfield University in northern England, discovered that Stonehenge's megaliths reflect sound perfectly, making the stone circle an ideal setting for listening to repetitive trance rhythms.

    Till and colleague Bruno Fazenda first carried out mathematical analysis of the archaeological site to make predictions of its acoustic effects. Their aim was to look at Stonehenge as it was thousands of years ago, rather than limit their work to the remaining acoustic properties of the semi-collapsed site.

    "We visited a full-size concrete replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill in Washington state. The model was built as a war memorial and has all original stones intact, so it was possible to carry out some acoustic tests," Till told Discovery News.

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    Made me remember listening to two programmes from BBC a while back: 'Sounds of the Stone Age' and 'Stone Age Sounds'.

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    Weird to think about that we have to use high-tech technology to find it out, when people 5000 years ago had so little technology available. Pretty incredible, hope I can visit Stonehenge some day.

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