Archaeologists discover ancient bone flute in Britain

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(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists have discovered an ancient flute made from an animal bone in the British county of Kent.

During the excavations carried out by specialists from Cotswold Archeology, ditches and pits for pillars were found, which contain artifacts from the period from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

At the same time, none of the groups of pits forms a clear structure (for example, a palisade). A flute lay in one of the medieval pits.

It is carved from the shank of a sheep or goat, and has five finger holes along the top and a thumb hole at the bottom.

Researchers speculate that the flute may be missing some sort of mouthpiece, but is otherwise intact and very well preserved.

In the same pit, next to the flute, there was ceramics from the 12th-15th centuries, which makes it possible to approximately date the instrument to this period.

A more accurate answer can only be given by radiocarbon analysis.


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