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Conch shell in French museum found to be 17,000-year-old wind instrument
by Esther Addley
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10 February 2021
On 10 February 2021 The Guardian reported:
A 17,000-year-old conch shell that lay forgotten for more than 80 years in a museum collection has been discovered to be the oldest known wind instrument of its type, after researchers found it had been modified by its prehistoric owners to be played like a horn. First unearthed in a richly decorated cave in the Pyrenees in 1931, the large shell was initially overlooked by archaeologists.
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... Remarkably, a skilled horn player enlisted by the multi-disciplinary team of French scientists was able to produce three clear notes of C, D, and C sharp from the artifact, offering a tantalizing hint of how it sounded to its original owners.
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