minstrel: Fwd: [MedievalTrivia] ivory flute

Tadhg O Cuileannain tadhg at flash.net
Wed Dec 15 22:03:39 PST 2004


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--- gunwaldt <gunwaldt at aol.com> wrote:

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> From: "gunwaldt" <gunwaldt at aol.com>
> Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 15:52:00 -0000
> Subject: [MedievalTrivia] ivory flute
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> For the musically curious
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> Gunwaldt
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> Ice-Age Ivory Flute Found in German Cave
> 
> Fri Dec 10, 1:02 PM ET
> 
> BERLIN (Reuters) - A 35,000-year-old flute made from
> a
> woolly mammoth's ivory tusk has been unearthed in a
> German cave by archaeologists, the University of
> Tuebingen said on Friday.
> 
> The flute, one of the oldest musical instruments
> discovered, was pieced together from 31 fragments
> found in a cave in the Swabian mountains in
> southwestern Germany, the university said.
> 
> The mountains have yielded rich pickings in recent
> years, including ivory figurines, ornaments and
> other
> musical instruments. Archaeologists believe humans
> camped in the area in winter and spring. Mammoths,
> now
> extinct, were large elephant-like creatures with
> hairy
> coats and long, upcurved tusks. They lived during
> the
> Pleistocene period from 2 million to 11,000 years
> ago.
> 
> The university said it planned to put the instrument
> on display in a museum in Stuttgart.
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