Transdisciplinary Research and Educational Outreach
Linda Carole Eneix (EE-nicks; November 16, 1948) is an American independent investigator. Her best known scientific contribution is her research in the transdisciplinary study of Archaeoacoustics: the human experience of special sound and music in ancient ritual and ceremonial spaces. She initiated the first international multi-disciplinary conferences on the subject as well as field research in Malta, Turkey and Portugal. In a vast overview of data, she argues in favor of the hypothesis that sound played a role in the impetus for the earliest megalithic monument building and resulting transition to agricultural lifestyle and development of Western Civilization.
Initially trained in Cultural Tourism and Art History, Eneix had already seen much of the world when she became deeply fascinated by the Neolithic monuments of the Mediterranean island of Malta in 1990. She designed and introduced a program of lifelong learning in Malta for Americans in Malta for the Elderhostel organization, which later became Road Scholar. The non-profit foundation that she formed for the purpose (OTSF) was a contracted program provider for 25 years. Eneix’s long career in international cultural tourism gave her a unique world view while it honed her ability to share complex specialized information at the level of the public. During that time the OTS Foundation, under Eneix’s directorship, sponsored an Archaeology Laboratory for the University of Malta, supported research for its first PhD. Graduate in Archaeology, enabled a bovine back-breeding program related to surviving cattle brought by Neolithic settlers. Eneix worked with the Malta Ministry of Education and Culture on a program of heritage awareness in the Maltese schools, writing and producing a dual-language booklet. She organized and sponsored a conservation expert group meeting in Malta to evaluate the Neolithic temple sites and come up with a strategy for preserving them. That meeting resulted in the formation of Heritage Malta, the government division that is now caring for Malta's vast cultural heritage.
Eneix is called by conference participants the “Grandmother of Archaeoacoustics”. She was deeply familiar with the acoustic properties of Malta’s megalithic sites when she learned of the outcome of a meeting at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, devoted to the theme “Archaeology meets Neuroscience”. When Eneix was unsuccessful in sparking interest in further research beyond the United Kingdom, and consideration of the values of music and sound, her next move was organizing the first conference in Malta where a select team was permitted an evaluation in The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. She is editor of the published proceedings of the OTSF Archaeoacoustics international conferences.
When the global pandemic brought an end to the foundation’s activities in Malta, Eneix claimed the opportunity to take up the findings of Archaeoacoustics and the development of a non-invasive audio platform for vibratory neurostimulation. Using non-synthetically produced sound recorded in one of Malta’s ancient megalithic ritual sites, she believes it to be best associated with recovery, enhanced creativity and emotional processing. An additional application platform is currently emerging.
Eneix has written several books, articles and a widely read and reviewed paper which has become the basis for a transdisciplinary book on Archaeoacoustics, also entitled “Megaliths, Music and the Mind”. A woman of vision and achievement who does not fit into modern molds, she is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and was named by the Global Listening Centre in 2021 as one of the 25 Top Outstanding Women Listeners in the World.
Since 1990 Eneix has been an advocate for broader knowledge and educational outreach about Neolithic developments in the Mediterranean and Levant, insisting on a scientific approach and credible evidence. Her illustration work has been featured at conferences and colleges all over the USA, as well as in Portugal, Turkey, Spain, and The Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot, Paris, France. Eneix has been consulted for film, television and print media in the USA and Europe, and has appeared on international television for the Discovery Network and the History Channel.
Eneix has an adult daughter and lives on the Suncoast of Florida.
Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC
Meridian International Center, Washington, DC
Elderhostel & Road Scholar Alumni Groups
University and Conference Groups
- Malta Educator's Handbook: The Prehistoric Temples of Malta and Gozo, published in association with Malta Ministry for Education and National Culture, 1998
- Dual Language Educational Booklet: Tell Me About the Maltese Temples, ISBN: 0-9656252-3-0 Printed Year 2000, Progress Press
- Cover Article: The Dawn of a Millennium, Air Malta in-flight Magazine, JAN 2000
- Article :The Temple Builders of Malta, with Michael H. Sedge, "Discovering Archaeology" Magazine, April 2000
- Article: The Twin Temples of Gozo, "Archaeology Odyssey" Magazine, JUL/AUG, 2001
- Article: Decoding the Megaliths, with Mark Rose, "Archaeology Magazine", JUL/AUG 2004
- Article: Beneath Malta, with Nancy Breslau Lewis, "Archaeology Odyssey Magazine", NOV/DEC 2004
- Lead Article: The Mediterraneans, “Popular-Archaeology” Magazine, January 2011
- Book: Listening for Ancient Gods: a study of the first builders and the archaeology of sound, 2016, non-fiction: ISBN: 978-1533538116
- Article: “Academia Letters”, December 2021, Megaliths, Music and the Mind
- Book: MALTA – The Temple Builders, 2022, non-fiction. ISBN: 979-8-218-09467-6
- Article: Song of Beginnings: Megaliths, Music and the Mind, “Ancient Origins Magazine”, NOV/DEC 2023
- Book: Megaliths, Music and the Mind, pending publication 2023
- “Mediterranean Suite” Malta EXPO, Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota, FL 1998
- Educational Video 2001: The Temple Builders of Malta
- Original Documentary 2009: Legacy of a Lost Civilization – the Extraordinary Temple-Builders of Malta