Cave acoustics in prehistory: Exploring the association of Palaeolithic visual motifs and acoustic response
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- Cave acoustics in prehistory: Exploring the association of Palaeolithic visual motifs and acoustic response
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- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- Fazenda, Bruno
Jiménez Pasalodos, Raquel
Rojo Guerra, Manuel
Ontañón Peredo, Roberto
García Benito, Carlos
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- Caves ( local )
Visual Motifs ( local )
Acoustic Response ( local )
Palaeolithic Societies ( local )
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- During the 1980 s, acoustic studies of Upper Palaeolithic imagery in French cavesâ€”using the technology then availableâ€”suggested a relationship between acoustic response and the location of visual motifs. This paper presents an investigation, using modern acoustic measurement techniques, into such relationships within the caves of La Garma, Las Chimeneas, La Pasiega, El Castillo, and Tito Bustillo in Northern Spain. It addresses methodological issues concerning acoustic measurement at enclosed archaeological sites and outlines a general framework for extraction of acoustic features that may be used to support archaeological hypotheses. The analysis explores possible associations between the position of visual motifs (which may be up to 40 000 yrs old) and localized acoustic responses. Results suggest that motifs, in general, and lines and dots, in particular, are statistically more likely to be found in places where reverberation is moderate and where the low frequency acoustic response has evidence of resonant behavior. The work presented suggests that an association of the location of Palaeolithic motifs with acoustic features is a statistically weak but tenable hypothesis, and that an appreciation of sound could have influenced behavior among Palaeolithic societies of this region.
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- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 142, no. 3 (2017-09-11).
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- University of South Florida Library
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- University of South Florida
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- K26-00052 ( USFLDC: LOCAL DOI )
k26.52 ( USFLDC: LOCAL Handle )
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