Archaeoacoustic project in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Recently, Dr Ghilraen Laue, Human Sciences Department, Kwazulu-Natal Museum, joined the ERC Artsoundscapes project for collaborative fieldwork in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The Artsoundscapes project, based at the University of Barcelona in Spain, aims to investigate the relationship between the acoustic properties of shelters and the placement of rock art by the image-makers.
Neemias Santos da Rosa, Diego Moreno Iglesias, Raphael Mnikahti, Richard Duma, CJ Hung, Margarita Díaz-Andreu and Ghilraen Laue
The fieldwork team included Professor Margarita Díaz-Andreu, principal investigator on the project, Dr Neemias Santos da Rosa, Post-doctoral researcher and Mr Diego Moreno Iglesias, engineer and research assistant from the University of Barcelona, Mr CJ Hung, MSc student from the University of the Witwatersrand, and Mr Raphael Mnikahti, rock art guide, and Mr Richard Duma, community elder, both from the local Thendele Village. Over a period of three weeks, the team visited 50 rock painting sites in the Kamberg and Giant’s Castle areas of the Drakensberg and carried out acoustic tests at 32 of these sites.
Setting up the recording equipment at a site in the Kamberg area.
One of the many amazing sites at which acoustic tests were made.