Welcome! This is the homepage of the project “SONART – The Sound of rock art: Archaeoacoustics and postpalaeolithic schematic art in the Western Mediterranean” held by Tommaso Mattioli and Margarita Díaz-Andreu at the Universitat de Barcelona and funded by the Marie Curie Actions Intra-European Fellowship (IEF).
The SONART Project focuses on the relevance of acoustics as a factor for the production, location and active use of rock art sites and landscapes. The aim of the project is to develop a comparative study of acoustics and the location of rock art in the Western Mediterranean in order to explore the sensorial experiences sought by prehistoric communities and the potential use of landscape acoustics to produce music in the past.
We have developed a new and portable equipment for performing acoustic measurements in rock art landscapes. This equipment, which includes also a 1st Order Ambisonic microphone, allows simultaneous measurements of standard acoustic parameters, such as Direction of Arrival of sound reflections, Reverberation decay time, Listening Envelopment, Apparent Source Width and Speech Transmission Index. In addition to the in-situ measurements in ten test areas in Spain, France and Italy, we have collected evidence for the use of sound and music in rock art landscapes.