A Possible New Class of Prehistoric Musical Instruments from New England: Portable Cylindrical Lithophones

  title={A Possible New Class of Prehistoric Musical Instruments from New England: Portable Cylindrical Lithophones},
  author={Duncan Caldwell},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={520 - 535}
  • D. Caldwell
  • Published 1 July 2013
  • Physics
  • American Antiquity
Abstract With one exception, which has been described as a suspended “kiva bell,” long stone rods have been interpreted throughout the archaeological literature of North America as whetstones or pestles. Two particularly long rods in a collection of prehistoric artifacts from New England raise questions as to the real use of some of these objects. The prevailing interpretations of the two artifacts may be incorrect, or at least incomplete, because the rods lack the kinds of wear that are found… 

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