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Ancient trumpets played eerie notes
November 18, 2010 By Marissa CevallosScientists analyze tunes from 3,000-year-old conch-shell instruments for insight into pre-Inca civilization
Now you can hear a marine-inspired melody from before the time of the Little Mermaid’s hot crustacean band. Acoustic scientists put their lips to ancient conch shells to figure out how humans used these trumpets 3,000 years ago. The well-preserved, ornately decorated shells found at a pre-Inca religious site in Peru offered researchers a rare opportunity to jam on primeval instruments.