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Cave painting sites may have been chosen for their acoustics, scientists argue

Cave painting sites may have been chosen for their acoustics, scientists argue

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June 29 (UPI) -- New research suggests the sites of cave paintings created by Paleolithic peoples many have been chosen for their acoustic qualities.Such a connection would suggest cave paintings held a religious or spiritual significance and were the site of rituals featuring chants and music.Scientists found that "points of resonance" in three French caves correspond with the placement of cave paintings. The three sites produce strong low frequency resonances.While the correlation is intriguing, researchers say their analysis is speculative. The connection isn't conclusive."Many structures throughout history featured reverberant spaces because reverberant sound can be awe-inspiring," David Lubman, an acoustic scientist and fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, said in a news relea...