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Now & Then Lecture: Lithophones, Prehistoric Musical Stones


Left Hand Grange Hall


Did these prehistoric ground stone artifacts play the first music?

A new class of prehistoric artifacts called portable lithophones has been identified from Great Sand Dunes National Park and San Luis Valley in southwest Colorado.

"Litho" is Greek for stone, and "phone" means sound.

A lithophone is a musical instrument consisting of a purposely-selected rock (often formally-shaped) that is tapped or rubbed with friction to produce musical notes. Portable and stationary lithophones have been utilized in ancient and modern cultures around the world for thousands of years.

Presenter: Marilyn Martorano, Profesional Archaeologist, owner of Martorano Colsultants LLC

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