Sunday, February 19, 2006

6,500 year old voice recording

Almost unbelievably, Belgian researchers have managed reproduce sounds by using scans of the grooves in 6,500 year old pottery, originally produced by the vibrations of the tools used to make the pot. The sounds recorded in the pottery include the voices and laughter of the people making the pot. Absolutely amazing stuff, does anyone have a link to a journal article for this one?

MP4 File (in French)

Via Make: Magazine

Update: Totally unbelievable, it's an April Fool's hoax...

Update: Apparently the idea was also the basis for a short story by Gregory Benford called "Time Shards".