PREHISTORIC POPComputer scientist and musician Perry Cook plays a tune on a 3,000-year-old conch-shell instrument discovered in Peru.José Luis Cruzado, Chavin de Huantar Investigation and Conservation Project
Now you can hear a marine-inspired melody from before the time of the Little Mermaid’s hot crustacean band. Acoustic scientists put their lips to ancient conch shells to figure out how humans used these trumpets 3,000 years ago. The well-preserved, ornately decorated shells found at a pre-Inca religious site in Peru offered researchers a rare opportunity to jam on primeval instruments.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Listen; Ancient Trumpets Played Eerie Notes