Ancient shells meet high-tech


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What were conch shells used for in the Andean sierra of South America three millennia ago? What did it mean when pre-Incan residents blew into these ornately decorated shells within the stone-walled underground archtiecture of Chavín de Huántar. With twisting corridors, hidden alcoves and ventilation shafts – how did the conches sound? And what role did they play in the ceremonial culture? The February 7, 2011 Stanford Report features Anthropology professor John Rick in his pursue for answers, forming an unusual partnership with archaeologist and acousticians to understand the roles of conches in the temple culture around Peru's Chavín. Read Article on February 7, 2011 Stanford Report. Watch Youtube video.