Re: Neandertal flute

M.Levi (
3 Nov 1996 23:38:02 GMT

In <55hehf$> (Lee Thompson-Herbert) writes:

>In article <55ef3t$>,
>Gary Cruse <> wrote:
>>In <> Phillip Bigelow <> writes:
>>>I heard it on NPR a couple days ago. Whatever it's
>>>purpose was, it was well-crafted, with much detail.
>>>"Slow-witted" hominids, huh? Yeah, right... :-)
>>> <pb>
>> Well, no. I downloaded at
>> gif of it. There is no detail. It is a piece
>> of hollow bone maybe six inches long with
>> two round holes in it.
>Well-crafted would be a comment on how the instrument _plays_,
>not any decoration on it. Flutes with 2 and 3 holes are still
>played today for indian and british isles music. They're just
>not as common as the 6 hole (timber) and keyed flutes.
>When speaking of an instrument, _playability_ is the measure of
>the craftsman. I've seen far too many "pretty" instruments that
>are unplayable.

>From what I could make of the somewhat fuzzy picture printed in the
daily newspaper, the artifact is only a piece of a flute, broken on
both ends. You can see part of a round indentation on either side of
the break, so the flute seems to have had at least four holes, possibly