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Totenkopfpfeifen der Azteken
Baessler-Archiv 53.2005:43-54
Keywords: Aztec skull whistles, skull whistles, whistles

Skull whistles of the Aztecs
##Aztec skull whistles are among prehispanic wind instruments which don"t fall within western classifications. This paper discusses the context of relevant finds and the possible meaning of their sound. In particular, the complex acoustic mechanism of the whistles is addressed, this being the subject of ongoing discussion. For a better understanding, computer tomography (magnetic resonance imaging) was undertaken on several specimens conserved in the Ethnological Museum Berlin. This provided important insights into the internal structure of the instruments and, hence, their mode of operation.##

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