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
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
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
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
It seems there has been a bit of a craze lately for Chinese antiquities. The latest artifact to sell is a traditional stringed instrument which was made for the Chinese emperor Song Huizong in 1120. It just sold for a staggering $20 million. The seven-stringed guqin, a zither-like instrument which
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
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