minstrel: Fwd: [MedievalTrivia] ivory flute
Lisa and Ken Theriot
Lnktheriot at satx.rr.com
Thu Dec 16 08:00:41 PST 2004
[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.]
Yeah, but what we really want to know is: can they play it well enough
to determine the notes? How many? What are the intervals between the
notes? Mode geeks want to know.
This site has a photo of a flute from a similar region/timeframe, which
they identify as being carved from swan bone. It has 3 holes, unevenly
spaced. No info I could find on what notes are produced.
Irreverent post re: this article from another list:
35,000 years ago: "Ugh! Homemade enema pump no good! Have too many
holes! Me smash!"
Today: "Say, look at this thing! I bet it was a flute!"
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