Sacred soundscapes

Cueva Alta (Cádiz)

We are not expecting to find universals in our study but, instead, variability. The acoustic analyses already carried out pointed to some prehistoric communities having placed importance on echo (Díaz-Andreu, Hameau and Mattioli 2019; Mattioli et al. 2017), whereas others seemed to have favored enhanced audibility towards the landscape (Mattioli and Díaz-Andreu 2017). This sense of sensual difference was reinforced in an area with three distinct, but roughly contemporary, rock art traditions, each of them showing different ways in which the senses were used in connection with their rock art (Díaz-Andreu et al. 2017). The information gathered from ethnographical and ethnohistorical sources, together with a greater theoretical understanding of hunter-gatherer and early agriculturalist ontologies, will provide us with clues for proposing hypotheses to interpret this variability.