Petter Snekkestad is an archaeologist trained at the University of Oslo, with a research interest in Iron Age and Medieval Period history and archaeology. He is a curator at Nordlandsmuseet (The Nordland Museum) in Bodø, Norway.
This article explores the acoustics of the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum through an associative history of reverberation. In particular, the sensory combination of reverberation and the fresco Vita in the darkened mausoleum echoes that of sound experiences in painted prehistoric caves and medieval churches. I will also touch upon the notion of demarcation as a third ritual effect in these spaces.