A stone age flute


The world’s oldest musical instrument has been discovered in the Ach Valley of southern Germany.  The instrument, a nearly intact five-holed flute, was “meticulously carved with stone tools from the hollow wing-bone of a giant vulture.” 

“We can now conclude that music played an important role in Aurignacian life in the Ach and Lone valleys,” commented Nicholas Conard, a professor at the University of Tubingen and lead author of the study.

Aurignacian culture flourished in western Europe during what is known as the Upper Palaeolithic period, from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago.

The bone flute, part of a treasure trove of artifacts uncovered at the Hohle Fels Cave, was found in 12 pieces scattered over an oval area the size of a large plate. It is in superb condition and reveals many details about its manufacture.

A musical instrument 35,000-years-old.  Simply amazing to look at.

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