A Ritual Soundscape
Orkney's Neolithic sites feel like theatre stages, encouraging us to move through them in unfamiliar ways. If the people noticed striking sound effects, they must have been tempted to exploit them. But exploit them how, exactly?
Were these the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular din - or places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation?
Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the ritualistic use of sound in episode four of Noise: A Human History - a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.
Series Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.