Acoustic Measurements at the Rock Painting of Värikallio, Northern Finland

Riitta Rainio, Antti Lahelma, Tiina Äikäs, Kai Lassfolk, Jari Okkonen

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In Northern Finland, by the rock painting of Värikallio (ca. 3000–500 BC), several echoes can be heard. The most remarkable of these appear to be originating from the painted rock itself. The article presents the first results of the research project that seeks to explore the role of sound in the development and use of Finnish rock art and Sámi offering sites. Field recordings, made at the site of Värikallio in summer 2013, are analyzed with a sound analysis and visualization toolkit, and interpreted with the help of GIS data and a 3D model of the site. A probable depiction of a drummer, identified in the painting in the course of the fieldwork, provides a further clue to the significance of sound rituals at rock paintings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeoacoustics : The Archaeology of Sound : Publication of Proceedings from the 2014 Conference in Malta
EditorsLinda C. Eneix
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationMyakka City, Florida
PublisherThe OTS Foundation
Publication date4 Jun 2014
ISBN (Print)9781497591264
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2014
MoE publication typeB3 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Multi-disciplinary Conference on The Archaeology of Sound - Balzan, Malta
Duration: 19 Feb 201422 Feb 2014
Conference number: 1

Fields of Science

  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • Archaeoacoustics
  • Drums
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Rock art

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