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Media: 6500-year-old voices recorded in pottery!

Submitter: Mike Matloff

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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics

Media Body: Description from The Raw Feed (

'Belgian researchers have been able to use computer scans of the grooves in
6,500-year-old pottery to extract sounds -- including talking and laughter
-- made by the vibrations of the tools used to make the pottery.'

Here's the link to the video:

It's only available in French right now, but even if you don't speak French
I think you can get the general gist and hear the 'playback'!

Issue Number: 17.552
Date Posted: February 19, 2006