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9,000-year-old bone flutes discovered in China

Suggesting that our ancestors played music long before they could write, Chinese archaeologists have unearthed three flutes made of bones of red-crowned cranes.

The bone flutes have been excavated at an ancient tomb in central China’s Henan Province, archaeologists said.

They believe that the musical instruments, excavated earlier in October from Jiahu, site of a neolithic settlement, although rough and simple, prove that Chinese residents were playing music as far back as 9,000 years ago.

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