by Petrus van der Let and Martin Luksan
Cow horns, ceramic drums, bone flutes, mouth bows, and bullroarers are just a few of the instruments that were used to make music 7000 years ago. Whether this also occurred in the ring ditches created during that time can only be a matter of speculation. The ring ditches consisted of wooden posts that were arranged in a circle and had several gates. The whole structure was surrounded by trenches dug in the earth. Various interpretations exist with regard to their function: cult sites, arenas for games, calendar structures whose gates indicated the summer and winter solstice... Some ring ditches have been reconstructed, for instance at Heldenberg (Lower Austria) or Goseck (Sachsen-Anhalt). The exact measurement of the earth's magnetic rays means that virtual archeology can today also be visualized on the computer.