Thursday, November 08, 2018

What Did This Mosque Sound Like Thousands of Years Ago?

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La Mezquita in Córdoba is one of the greatest examples of Moorish architecture. Construction began on the Great Mosque in the 780s. Archaeo-acousticians Rafael Suárez and collaborators at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Seville wondered what the interior environment might have sounded like thousands of years ago. This task was challenging because, unlike fragments of tools or shards of pottery, sounds don’t linger. Atlas Obscura tells us how they went about reconstructing the ancient acoustic environment of the building.

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