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3D-printer used to make replica of Iron Age instrument

A researcher has recreated a replica of an Iron Age instrument using a 3D-printer. Billy Ó Foghlú, from ANU College of Asia-Pacific, has found evidence that the artefact may have been a mouthpiece from an iron-age horn and not a spearbutt as previously thought. When Mr Ó Foghlú used the replica artefact

2,000-year-old drum found in Vietnam

A bronze Dong Son drum, dating back 2,000 years, has been uncovered at a road construction site in northern Vietnam. The latest drum was found in Pac Nam District. It is about 39cm in height with a fairly intact tympan (upper part). The tympan is 66.5cm in diameter, emblazoned with a

Ancient Gallic trumpet-like instrument rebuilt

Researchers have reassembled an ancient carnyx, a trumpet-like instrument that was decorated with an animals head. The Greek historian Polybius (206-126BC) was so impressed by the clamour of the Gallic army and the sound of the carnyx, he observed that, "there were countless trumpeters and horn blowers and since the whole

Audio recording of Tutankhamun’s trumpets

Recently looted from the Cairo Museum during the recent uprising was one of Tutankhamun's trumpets, found in his tomb when it was opened in 1922. In 1939 they were played for a BBC radio recording, which you can listen to here. For more than 3,000 years they had lain, muted, in

3,000-year-old conch trumpet sounds again

Scientists have played a 3,000-year-old conch shell found at a pre-Inca site in Peru. You can click here and here to listen to some samples. "You can really feel it in your chest," says Jonathan Abel, an acoustician at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. "It has

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

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

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