According to Wiki, Archaeoacoustics is (WAS):
"…the discipline that explores acoustic phenomena encoded in ancient artefacts. For instance, theoretically a pot or vase could be "read" like a gramophone record or phonograph cylinder for messages from the past."
Okay everyone, before I lose your attention completely, let me say that this idea was essentially proved to be false. It is theoretically possible for objects (like clay pots) to record ambient noise present when they were constructed, however it seems making specific intentional recordings like voices isn’t. Anyhow the practical problems faced when trying to record and recover the “message” are far too great.
Interestingly the Wiki definition of this branch of archaeology hasn’t been updated with the newest version of the term, so it is reasonable to assume it’s a fairly new field and definitely worthy of presentation to my fellow members!! I think it’s fitting for ATS to be kept abreast of such topics, so I will try.
Today the term is used to describe the possible intentional use of acoustics in an archaeological context, especially when referring to how the Ancients incorporated sound into the design and construction of prehistoric buildings and monuments.