62°57’01.0”N

22°25’05.6”E

Soundwalk

HONKASALO-NIEMI-VIRTANEN

Instructions

This work is a soundwalk. It winds around the water and the surrounding landscape. Binaural recordings sound like natural 3D sound because its technology utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach .

 

You can listen to the piece using the following link: www.fh-an-sv.eu/soundwalk. Use your headphones to listen to it by Levänluhdan lähde. It is also possible to borrow and mp3-player and headphones from the following places: Kyrö Distillery Bar, Isokyrö and Seinäjoki Kunsthalle.

 

This soundwalk starts by the signpost, by the parking lot, at the following address: Levänluhdantie 61550 Orismala. The soundwalk is meant to be experienced alone, in peace. Therefore, if there are many of you leaving for the path, we recommend that you wait for a while, and start to walk on your own.


Go to the signpost, press play, and try to place your footsteps along with the narrator.

History

– It seems that the people that were buried in Levänluhta had a completely different worldview and attitude towards death than was typical for that time. They perhaps did not think that it was important to underscore the wealth and social status of the deceased by placing objects or piles of stones by the grave, as was common during those times.

Anna Wessman, archeologist



 

Levänluhta spring, which is located in Ostrobothnia, was reserved mainly for women and children who lived during the iron age. It is unknown who the deceased were. They were buried into the water using birch poles. This was a highly unusual burial custom during those times. Osteological analysis of the bones that have been found by and around the spring, indicate that the burial place was used between 400-700 bc. This means that spring has been a significant commemorative place for a particular  community for hundreds of years. They have returned there over and over again. A wealth of animal bones and objects typical for that time have also been unearthed from the Levänluhta area. Interpretations and theories surrounding the burial customs of the deceased have been rich and varied. For a long time Levänluhta was believed to be a sacrificial fount, which, through newer analysis of the archeological material, has turned out to be unlikely. No signs of trauma have been found on any of the deceased’s bones.

 

The Levänluhta site is first mentioned in a letter written in 1674 by Israel Alftanus, the vicar of Isokyrö parish, to the Antiquity Commission in Stockholm, in which he tells about a spring in the wet meadows of Orismala parish “where human bones rise, and have always risen.”

 

For this soundwalk, we have made use of archival and research material relating to Levänluhdan lähde.

Realization:

Felicia Honkasalo

Akuliina Niemi

Sinna Virtanen

 

Sound Designer:

Tatu Nenonen

 

Grafic Designer:

Otto Donner

 

Thank you:

Lehmäojan maaseutunaiset, Jami-pony, Terhi Havina, Nina Pettersson-Perklen, Dior-horse, Pia Andersson, Ilkka Saastamoinen, Antti Nyyssölä, Jakob Öhrman, Marja-Liisa ja Antero Honkasalo, Veronika Honkasalo, Lukas Honkasalo, Eva Havo, Rasmus Slätis, Helmi-Leena Nummela, Kyrö Distillery, Annika Luther, Otto Sandqvist, Lasse ja Marianne Niemi, Noppe Niemi, Luna ja Lime Vilpas, Biegga Virtanen

 

This work has been supported by:

Alfred Kordelinin Foundation, Kone Foundation, TAIKE and Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet