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Archaeoacoustic / Sonic Archaeology Basic Assessment Sheet for one person

Site Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Site Address and detailed Location: ________________________________________________________________

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(minimum address and postcode, ideally map ref/GPS id)

Site Description: (describe any artwork present, materials of construction, significant or geometric features)

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1.                         What can you hear? _________________________________________________________________________

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2.                         Are there any obvious acoustic features you can identify?

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3.             Clapping your hands or making another short loud sound, investigate any positions where something interesting is heard. Record the position of the observation on a map or diagram. Describe below what is heard in as much detail as possible. (attatch map separately)

Position            Description

A            ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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B            ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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C            ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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4.             Are there any echoes in the space? How many? Where are they strongest? Where do they seem to come from? ___________________________________________________________________

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5.                         How does speech behave in the space? How clear is speech? Does it sound unusual?

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6.                         Does sound seem louder than usual in the space? How much? Twice as loud? More?

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7.                         Does sound seem more defined than usual in the space? YES/ NO

8.                         Are there any natural sounds in the space such as wind or water? Describe them.

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9.                         Describe the weather.

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10.                         What is the time? ______________________________________

11.                        What is the date? ______________________________________

12.                         What is the air temperature in degrees centigrade? ______________________________________

13.                         What is the barometric air pressure? ______________________________________

14.                         What is the windspeed? ______________________________________

(questions 12 – 14 can be found out from weather stations or online sources if required after rest of form is completed)

15.                        Files attached: (map of positions, photographs, video files, sound recordings made, video files etc.)

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16.                        Title: ______   First Name: ____________________  Surname: ___________________________________

17.                        Provide either Email Address: _____________________________________________________________

18.                         OR Postal Address: ______ __________________________________________________________________

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3.  (cont.)            Clapping your hands or making another short loud sound, investigate any positions  where something interesting is heard. Record the position of the observation on a map or diagram. Describe below what is heard in as much detail as possible. (attatch map separately)

Position            Description

E                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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F                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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G                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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H                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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I                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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J                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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K                        ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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