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Thesis:
Metodología de análisis acústico de sitios arqueológicos de Mesoamérica
Year:2015
Research Areas
  • Engineering
Information
Abstract
The present work, aims to fill a void existing in terms of a general methodology in Archaeoacoustic studies for the Mesoamerican region. The most important result of this thesis is the proposal of a procedure and method for archaeoacoustical studies and its relevant analysis and parameters (of which stand out the energy decay, reverberation times, intensities, clarity and intelligibility), simulations and uncertainty considerations for the effective and useful integration of the sound dimension in the archaeological realm. An important methodological consideration in the present work is the comparison and contrast of the results obtained experimentally on site, and the results of simulations and computer modeling. The proposed systematization is divided into three distinct moments: logistics; fieldwork; and result analysis. Likewise, the presented methodological proposal is divided into three fundamental objects of study: Sound phenomena found in archaeological sites; sound generation objects and instruments; and architectural enclosures and the study of their functionality. Presenting case studies is the approach to the description of each of these branches. Two interrelated Mesoamerican cultural areas are considered, the Bajío and the Mayan. Their contrast is carried out by the acoustic analysis of four archaeological sites: Plazuelas, Peralta and Cañada de la Virgen, belonging to the area of the Bajío, and Chichen Itza belonging to the Maya area. Of particular relevance to this paper, is the acoustic functionality of the public spaces present in many archaeological sites, specifically that of the sunken patios, characteristic of the architecture of the Bajío. The analysis of the sound generation instruments has allowed certain inferences about the role of sound in human behavior of the cultures in question, thus completing the acoustic models. It has also enable the contrast of the characteristics of the sound sources and those of the resonant spaces. The results of this thesis have made it possible to develop and validate certain hypotheses about the uses and functions of certain spaces for public and social events as well as for mass cultural representations.
International
No
Type
Doctoral
Mark Rating
Aprobado
Date
18/05/2015
Participants
  • Director: Manuel Recuero Lopez (UPM)
  • Autor: Alejandro Ramos Amézquita
  • Director: Ignacio Pavon Garcia (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Investigación en Instrumentación y Acústica Aplicada (I2A2)
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