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I'm not sure how much I believe this, but it is certainly 
interesting. (The pottery is from South America.)

Barbara Need
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>Date: 19-Feb-2006
>From: Mike Matloff < [log in to unmask] >
>Subject: 6500-year-old voices recorded in pottery!
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>Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 07:35:55
>From: Mike Matloff < [log in to unmask] >
>Subject: 6500-year-old voices recorded in pottery!
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>Description from The Raw Feed (http://www.therawfeed.com):
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>'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.'
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>Here's the link to the video:
>http://www.zalea.org/article.php3?id_article=496
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>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'!
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>Mike
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