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Post by Dragon Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:07 pm

About 18,000 years ago, the Magdalenian occupants of Marsoulas Cave in what is now France transformed a shell of the predatory sea snail Charonia lampas into a wind instrument.

A team of researchers in France has now released a recording of what the instrument would have sounded like.

The ancient seashell horn was discovered in 1931 at the entrance of the cave of Marsoulas, located in the French Pyrenean foothills.


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Marine shell of Charonia lampas from Marsoulas Cave, France: (A) side view; (B) front view and naming of the anatomical areas; (C) vestiges of red pigment preserved on the columella; (D) tracing of red dots and lines visible on the enhanced photo; very similar red dots, produced with the fingertips, are present on the walls of the cave; (E) set of red dots forming a bison silhouette (length – 1.1 m); (F) geometric sign formed by a double line of dots.


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he Charonia, wind instrument: (A) sagittal section of the 3D model of the shell that makes it possible to visualize the hole drilled at the level of the sixth spire (after opening the apex), probably to introduce a tube to facilitate the fitting of a mouthpiece; (B) detail of the circular perforation drilled from the apex; the streaks on the edge are due to a skidding tool; (C) top view of the 3D model showing the perforation; (D) 3D cross section at the level of the seventh spire; (E) the conch of Marsoulas in its Magdalenian context (hypothetical restitution); (F) conch from Southeast Asia, the mouth of which is covered with a black coating, intended to protect the lips of the blower; (G and H) conch from Syria and detail of its chipped mouth, close to that of Marsoulas; (I and J) conch from New Zealand and its mouthpiece made of a decorated bone tube.


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Listen as a 17,000-year-old conch shell is played once more

After laying silent for more than 17,000 years, an ancient instrument is heard again – a deep, plaintive bleat, like a foghorn from the distant past.

When archaeologists realised that a large conch shell discovered in the Marsoulas cave in the Pyrenees had been modified thousands of years ago to serve as a wind instrument, they invited a French horn player to play the conch in a sound studio.

The horn produced clear C, C-sharp, and D notes.




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