The Sound of Music
from the book, "Our Fascinating Earth"

Book: 
Our Fascinating Earth

The Sound of Music

In 1964 a geologist and an archaeologist were exploring several of the shallow limestone caves in southeastern Arizona. They found a number of fossils and Native American artifacts at various localities but finally came upon the unexpected.

In one of the caves they found an Indian mummy sitting cross—legged in his tomb. The skin of this face had shrunk, resulting in a perennial death—mask grin. It was almost as though he were greeting the scientists with a toothy smile. Naturally, the mummy was nick—named "Smiley."

Along with Smiley were various articles that he had owned in life and that were left with him for use in another world. They consisted largely of baskets, sandals, bits of flint weapons, and, as a most unusual accessory, a carved flute that rested on his lap. He must have treasured this musical instrument in life and undoubtedly fashioned it himself.

Wondering if the flute was still workable, one of the scientists reached down and picked up the instrument. Unable to resist the temptation, he raised it to his lips. Across the rugged landscape clear musical notes rose into the pure air in a sound that had not been heard for over 2,000 years.