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Music in Stone Age Caves and Ancient Temples

During the second summer school on music archaeology of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg on August 14 and 15, highly regarded experts will give an introduction to the study of ancient music.

№ 231/2015 from Jul 21, 2015

The second summer school of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg on music archaeology will deal with musical instruments and music making from the Stone Age to late antiquity. A particular focus this year will be placed on music in cultic/religious contexts, and on individual instruments such as the lyre and the double whistle. In addition, the oldest musical instruments in human history will be featured. Prof. Dr. Nicholas Conard from the University of Tübingen, who is one of the world's preeminent experts in the field of music in the Stone Age, will be giving a presentation on them. Research methods used in music archaeology will be taught, and practical applications, for example, in the field of music education, will be discussed. The event is public. Registration is possible until August 10 via the website of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg.

The summer school is being organized by two music archaeologists, Dr. Arnd Adje Both and Jana Kubatzki. Presentations will be given by highly recognized experts from Germany and abroad. Both German and English will be used at the conference. The first summer school in music archaeology took place in 2014 and was attended by scholars and numerous other interested parties including teachers and high school students.

In 2011 the Berliner Antike-Kolleg was set up by the Excellence Cluster Topoi. Like Topoi, it is supported by all the institutions in Berlin that deal with the ancient world. They include Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities, the German Archaeological Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The Antike-Kolleg has an international research center, a graduate school for training doctoral candidates in classical studies, and work space for digital resources. Since January 2015, the Berliner Antike-Kolleg has been receiving funding from the Einstein Foundation Berlin for establishing a research center for classical studies.

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Friday, August 14, 2015, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, August 15, 2017, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Topoi-Haus Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall, Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)

Program and Registration

Video: Music Archaeologists Present Their Instruments


Dr. Henrike Simon, Berliner Antike-Kolleg, Tel.: +49 30 266 428 520, Email: