Monday, May 30, 2011

The History of History

It appears that historians and archaeologists are going to have to re-evaluate everything they know about pre-historical man. A 35,000 year old bone flute has been discovered. As Bruce Sterling comments:
I’d be betting good money that this Neanderthal-contemporary flute music not only existed: it had accompanying oral poetry, and it had *genres.*

The guy who buil[t] this flute was accompanying people singing, and they were singing something that, even to them, was very, very old.

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