Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.
 

'Oldest musical instrument' found

Expand Messages
  • SP News
    24 June 2009 22:35 UK Oldest musical instrument found  Prehistoric flute found in Germany The 20cm-long flute has five holes and a notched end A flute
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2009
      24 June 2009 22:35 UK

      'Oldest musical instrument' found

      Prehistoric flute found in Germany
      The 20cm-long flute has five holes and a notched end

      A flute carved more than 35,000 years ago has been unearthed in Germany and scientists believe it is the world's oldest musical instrument.

      The vulture-bone flute was found in the Hohle Fels cave in southern Germany.

      It dates back to the time when early modern humans began settling in Europe, which suggests that they had a creative culture and were socially cohesive.

      Experts also say this might explain why they survived, while neanderthals - who were more isolated - became extinct.

      The 20cm (7.9 in) long flute has five holes and a notched end, a team led by University of Tuebingen archaeologist Nicholas Conard said.

      It's very clear that music played an important role in these people's lives
      Dr Nicholas Conard
      University of Tuebingen, Germany

      Fragments of two other primitive flutes - carved from ivory taken from the tasks of mammoth - were also found.

      So far, eight flutes have been discovered from this era.

      Dr Conard says this suggests that the playing of music was common when early modern humans spread across Europe and indicates that the concept of music and other creative expression runs deep in human culture.

      "It's very clear that music played an important role in these people's lives," he says.

      Dr Conard says he believes that emergence of art and culture so early in human history might explain why modern humans survived and neanderthals became extinct.

      He suggests that cultural expression might have helped human species become more sociable and co-operative, whereas neanderthals were culturally more conservative and so remained isolated. 
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.