Recent excavations at the early Neolithic site of Jiahu, located in Henan province, China, have yielded six complete bone flutes between 7,000 and 9,000 years old. Fragments of approximately 30 other flutes were also discovered. The flutes may be the earliest complete, playable, tightly-dated, multi-note musical instruments.
The discovery of these flutes presents a remarkable and rare opportunity for anthropologists, musicians, and the general public to hear musical sounds as they were produced nine millennia ago. Two audio recordings of the flutes being played are available here - WAV File 1WAV File 2