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A Middle Palaeolithic origin of music? Using cave-bear bone accumulations to assess the Divje Babe I bone ‘flute’

  • Francesco D'Errico (a1), Paola Villa (a2) (a3), Ana C. Pinto Llona (a4) and Rosa Ruiz Idarraga (a5)
Abstract

The discovery of a perforated cave-bear femur from the Neanderthal levels at Divje Babe has been interpreted as the oldest musical instrument in Europe. Here we present the current discussion on the ‘flute’ and its implications for other similar bone finds from early prehistory.

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