Monday, 14 July 2008

singing in caves

On a lighter note, a paper has recently been published on archaeoacoustics by Iegor Reznikoff, and there's an article about it at Yahoo LiveScience.

Funny, I thought Paul Devereux was the man with that particular theory, but I guess there's room in the limelight for two.
Ancient hunters painted the sections of their cave dwellings where singing, humming and music sounded best, a new study suggests.

Analyzing the famous, ochre-splashed cave walls of France, the most densely painted areas were also those with the best acoustics, the scientists found. Humming into some bends in the wall even produced sounds mimicking the animals painted there.
Thanks to Caroline at Necropolis Now for the tip-off.

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