The Unexplainable Acoustics of Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni

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On the island of Malta is a prehistoric underground megalithic structure known as the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni.

It was discovered by accident in 1902 when some workers were digging a hole and broke through the ceiling. They found about 7,000 skeletons, all clustered near the entrance.

Malta-Hypogeum

The three-level underground structure is made entirely out of megalithic stones, and no one knows who or why it was built. What surprised people even more was when they found out that male voices could reverberate throughout the entire complex if the person was standing in a certain spot. Even more peculiar: the effect only worked if the speaking voice was in the 95 to 120 Hz range, so women’s voices don’t usually generate the same effect.

Site map of the Hypogeum made in October 1907
Site map of the Hypogeum made in October 1907

If you’re a man chanting at roughly the 110 Hz frequency, the entire temple complex turns into this bizarre trance-inducing room that seems able to stimulate the creative center of the human brain.
Simply put, by merely standing inside that temple complex while someone was chanting in the proper location, you actually enhanced your religious experience. And that’s all we really know about this place. We have no idea who built it or how they pulled it off. All we know for certain is that they had a knowledge of acoustics that is still baffling scientists to this very day.

One thought on “The Unexplainable Acoustics of Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni

  • June 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm
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    Acousticsis one of the most mysterious primary forces of the universe. A project to employ acoustics in experimental work is in progress. This is a very low power prototype which, however, brings forth a flush of ideas. Due to lack of facilities and unavailable materials where the work is being carried out and considering also old age it has been posted on the Internet as public domain at this link
    http://www.dankalia.com/delloro/iact/dtls.htm
    for anyone with technical skills wishing to develop it, it will surely be rewarding.

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