Archaeoacoustics research project in Finland

In Finland, there are a number of steep cliffs situated on old water routes. Many of these cliffs include rock paintings or offering sites that indicate past ritual activity, possibly including sound and music making. In 2013, a joint musicological and archaeological research project was started to examine the acoustic properties of these sacred sites. The acoustic measurements carried out between 2013 and 2016 indicate that the painted and sacrificial cliffs reflect sound forcibly, forming a special acoustic environment distinct from the nearby surroundings. This suggests a link between sound rituals and the sacred sites.