Monday, July 7, 2008

Did Cavemen Have Concert Halls?

According to new analyses of paleolithic caves in France, prehistoric peoples chose places of natural resonant sound to draw their cave sketches.

In at least ten locations, drawings of horses, bison, and mammoths seem to match locations that focus, amplify, and transform the sounds of human voices and musical instruments

"In the cave of Niaux in Ariège, most of the remarkable paintings are situated in the resonant Salon Noir, which sounds like a Romanesque chapel," said Iegor Reznikoff, an acoustics expert at the University of Paris who conducted the research.

The sites would therefore have served as places of natural power, supporting the theory that decorated caves were backdrops for religious and magical rituals or music related performances.


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