35,000-year-old flutes are the world’s oldest musical instruments

Published on June 25th, 2009 | by Admin

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Flutes, made out of vulture’s wing bones and dating back to over 35,000 years ago, have been found in a cave in Germany.

The cavern is already well known as a site for signs of early human efforts; in May, members of the same team unveiled a Hohle Fels find that could be the world’s oldest Venus figure.

The most well-preserved of the flutes is made from a vulture’s wing bone, measuring 20cm long with five finger holes and two “V”-shaped notches on one end of the instrument into which the researchers assume the player blew.

The archaeologists also found fragments of two other flutes carved from ivory that they believe was taken from the tusks of mammoths.

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