Damascus: In what can be substantiated as the world’s oldest song, three professors working 15 years tirelessly to decipher clay tablets in Syria has unearthed the world’s oldest and well preserved song. A ‘sheet’ of music was discovered in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit and referenced back to around 3400 years ago.
This piece of news that was published on February 11, 2020 in ‘Far Out Magazine’ in a brief article has already garnered many views from music lovers across the globe.
Professor Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, who works as the curator at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley, spent fifteen years deciphering the clay tablets which were uncovered and excavated in Syria by French archaeologists in the early 1950s. The tablets, it has been confirmed, formed a “complete cult hymn and is the oldest preserved song with notation in the world.”
Kilmer, who is also the professor of Assyriology at the University of California, worked alongside her colleagues Richard L. Crocker and Robert R. Brown to create a definitive record and booklet about the song which has been called the ‘Sounds From Silence’.
Richard Crocker, Kilmer’s colleague added, “This has revolutionized the whole concept of the origin of western music.”