As Margarita Díaz- Andreu and Tommaso Mattioli explain, archaeoacoustics refers to the field of study concerned with the effects of sound in past societies. Scholars interested in acoustics try to understand the human past beyond its materiality by recovering a set of less evident, less tangible cultural signs relating to the sense of hearing.
Díaz-Andreu, M. and Mattioli, T. 2019. In David, B. and McNiven, I.J. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 503-528.
Of the many contexts in which the intangible evidence of acoustics can be analysed, this article focuses on its expression in rock art. The aim is to explore five lines of evidence that researchers have followed to examine connections between acoustics and rock art:
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