Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ancient Flutes Discovered!
As an anthropology major (and a music lover), it's always great when new finds are made in the world of archaeology. I'm happy to share this article from NPR about a recent discovery made in several caves in southwestern Germany - the oldest musical instruments found to date! The flute that were found are made of vulture bone and ivory and date back to 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. The archaeologists who found it have also made replicas of the instruments and even made a copy of a song they played on it. One can just picture ancient man sitting around, looking for some entertainment perhaps. Maybe it was created by mistake, maybe someone found a bone with 2 holes in it and decided to blow in to it and discovered that it could make a sound. Either way, it's a pretty cool find.