Archaeologists found an ancient conch in a cave in Marsoula, in the French Pyrenees, and said it was a “wind instrument” (a musical instrument), which was used more than 18,000 years ago.
The British newspaper “The Independent” said that the musical instrument, which is a large conch, was used by craftsmen as a musical instrument, similar to a trumpet, in the Paleolithic period.
Archaeologists say the specimen, first discovered in 1931, is the oldest human-modified oyster.
They explained that this discovery is “unique” because it may be the only example of a hand-made musical instrument during that period.
Archaeologists, who accidentally discovered the oyster, initially believed it to be a “ceremonial drinking cup”, as it did not show any “manipulation by hand.”
However, after scrutiny and the adoption of advanced imaging techniques, it became clear to them that these artifacts had undergone some modifications, to form a “mouthpiece”, so that it became a musical instrument.
This conclusion was obtained by Carol Fritz and colleagues at the French National Center for Scientific Research.