Cave Paintings


What This Image Means To Me...: Cave Paintings at Yourambulla in the Flinders Ranges South Australia, a stop over while on route heading towards Uluru for the 2005 Summer Solstice. During the steady climb up to the cave we were accompanied by three kangaroo which finally sought out the shade as the days heat increased. The age and purpose of the paintings/rock Art is not known, its been suggested these relate to the dreamtime or ceremonies which may have been associated with the site. The cave is in sight of two peaks in the east which represented two ancestral companions who camped here during the Dreamtime. The story deals with the introduction of the Adnyamathanha kingship system, together with the matriarchal line of decent from either Arraru and Mathar. Similar to the Celtic Myths the landscape reflect stories in specific areas where they all have there own kind of Beauty, Magic and special feelings associated.

Cave Paintings, Flinders Ranges, Rock Art, South Australia, Yourambulla,
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Hazel's picture


Thank you. I'm learning so much.

some more perhaps?

The cave was in an elevated position with its front face open, the surrounding area is a few hills near by but the panorama from the site is extensive it was never tested using sound.

If you are looking for something which brings early rock art together and sound, then the best example I’m aware of is in the Northern Hemisphere on the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean. This is an underground temple dating from 36-3300BC at Hal Safliene Hypogeum. This consist of three levels, the one of interest is on the second level according to the map on the internet. There are two rooms which are indicated as the Painted Room and Oracle Room, both rooms/caverns have red ochre spiral painted on the ceilings. These designs during the visits made in 1974/5 were described to us by the guide to be representations of the tree of life; however I think that interpretation may have changed since then.

The Oracle room is the main interest here; this is a niche cut into the wall large enough to partly enclose a human head in; situated a couple of feet along the left hand side wall as you enter from the painted room the niche is located. A deep male voice when spoken into, I gather the sound waves produce vibrate through the rock is amplified and can be clearly heard on the second and third level.

Once might be able to imagine being down there in semi darkness, it would have been easy for some one to slip away into this area in mind of producing a little magic, specifically if the original inhabitants were undertaking a ritual as we understand it to day in the Holy of Holies as its called.

I was certainly impressed at the time and still am in regards to this area, the carved stone is so polished and smooth. I never saw anything like it in evident on the remaining sites I visited.  I suspect that would also have been magical as well along with a voice echoing around in the semi darkness, must of been impressive to experience. Smile


Hazel's picture

New info - thanks

These paintings were unknown to me until I saw your pictures. Intriguing. Quite good pics, too. I recently read that visitors viewing the paintings in caves at Lascaux in SW France should speak or whistle & be aware of sound near the paintings. Did you notice anything about the accoustics at this site? Do you know of other ancient gathering sites where sound seems to be enhanced?