THE OLDEST SONG IN THE WORLD

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AJANS UNIVERSITE- Translated by Begüm ERGİNBAY

According to Ayla Günerhan’s report from Hürriyet, the clay tablets discovered in Ugarit ruins are important for archaeology. Ugarit, B.C., was located in Ras Shamra in Syria. Earthquake-stricken Ugarit was one of the most important trade centres of the age.

Professor of California University and curator at the Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley Anne Draffkorn Kilmer tried for 15 years to solve the tablets date back to 1400 B.C.

Name of the oldest song is ‘Hurrian Hymn’

Cuneiform 36 tablets named as ‘Hurrian Hymn’ after the discovery. According to professor of Assyriology Kilmer, melody in the tablets is exactly 3.400 years old.

Discovered in the temple, hymn is composed for Ugarit goddess Nikal. In the tablets, there are also instructions on how to tune the song with harp. Descried by archaeologists as priceless; all of the notation tablets are exhibited in National Şam Museum today.

Shaken the world of musicology, discovery made a revolution and drew the attention to Middle East in the discussion about the origin of music.
Only one (Hymn 6) of the 36 musical record discovered in Ugarit is preserved enough to be played today.

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