Acoustical, Archaeometric and Musicological Study of Archaeological Musical Instruments: the Numantian Ceramic Trumpets (3rd-1st Centuries B.C.)

Anuario Musical. 2018;0(73):9-22 DOI 10.3989/anuariomusical.2018.73.01


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Journal Title: Anuario Musical

ISSN: 0211-3538 (Print); 1988-4125 (Online)

Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

LCC Subject Category: Music and books on Music: Music

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

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Raquel Jiménez Pasalodos (Universidad de Valladolid)

Fernando Agua Martínez (Instituto de Historia, CSIC)

Juan Jesús Padilla Fernández (Universidad Complutense)

Mª Ángeles Villegas Broncano (Instituto de Historia, CSIC)

Manuel García Heras (Instituto de Historia, CSIC)


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Abstract | Full Text

Celtiberian pottery trumpets of late Iron Age (3rd-1st centuries B.C.) are known since they were found at the beginnings of twentieth century in the archaeological excavations of the ancient town of Numantia. They are ultracircular labrosone aerophones which have been traditionally interpreted as signaling instruments or instruments used to make noise in war contexts. This paper presents the first work of acoustical characterization of these instruments, which has allowed the checking of their musical possibilities, its capability to articulate different tones and, consequently, to produce not only simple signals or noise but also easy melodies. For this purpose an acoustical and musical study with modern reproductions of these instruments was carried out and such reproductions were compared with fragments of original Numantian trumpets, which has brought new and interesting data to musical archaeology of late Iron Age in the Iberian Peninsula.