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Ancient Flute

Creating musical instruments

This flute is one of the world’s oldest manufactured musical instruments. Two pieces of carved and hollowed-out mammoth ivory were joined together and sealed. The flute had at least three finger holes and played a five-note scale.

Mammoth ivory flute (cast) from Geissenklosterle Cave, Germany.
Ancient Flute
Exhibit Item
Date of discovery: 2004
Discovered by: Nicholas J. Conard
Site: Geissenklösterle Cave, Germany
Page last updated: December 18, 2018