Dating musical instruments


Back in July of last year, we brought you a transcription and a couple of audio interpretations of the oldest known song in the world, discovered in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit and dating back to the 14th century B. 6” sounds otherworldly to our ears, although modern-day musicologists can only guess at the song’s tempo and rhythm. Likely performed on an instrument resembling an ancient lyre, the so-called “Hurrian Cult Song” or “Hurrian Hymn No.The bone flutes come from the Geißenklösterle cave in Germany and outdate prior musical instruments by at least 5,000 years.


I did not publish a post about that on here because I did not find the evidence compelling enough to warrant a discussion.

When we reach even further back in time, long before the advent of systems of writing, we are completely at a loss as to the forms of music prehistoric humans might have preferred.

Today, however, another archaeological story does deserve a nod.

The published a paper on the oldest evidence of a human made evidence.

Highman writes, “[Modern humans] were in Central Europe at least 2,000-3,000 years before this climatic deterioration, when huge icebergs calved from ice sheets in the northern Atlantic and temperatures plummeted…

The question is what effect this downturn might have had on the people in Europe at the time.”Higham, T., Basell, L., Jacobi, R., Wood, R., Ramsey, C., & Conard, N.


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  2. eric   •  

    I can see myself in a preview screen, and did have it up on yahoo web cam link.

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