The 40,000 year old flute makes me wonder about how similar to us, those ancient peoples may have been.
And to think that modern humans have been in existence for over 200,000 years.
For me it makes many of our modern concerns seem transient, in the knowledge that so many human lives have lived on this earth. Some of the experiences, emotions, cares, and concerns of those ancient people may have been identical to much of what some of us still experience today.
They were our long distant, many times great, grandparents.
What kind of philosophy of living might they have had to endure what we might consider unthinkable? Were they brutes, or a part of the environment living in balance with the natural world.
What wondrous sights and experiences they must have had, that we will never know.
Was this something of the Garden of Eden, or was it pure animalistic survival?
Yet in the midst of it there is a flute, that played music, so long, long, ago.
Except that these are not all correct! There is a shoe at the natural history museum on the University of Oregon campus that is estimated to be 10,000 years old.
Also, the ancient folks of Mohenjo Daro in India/Pakistan had similar "flush" toilets in 2400 BC or something like that--long before the Romans. The ruins of Mohenjo Daro are still there, and the toilets, while not as well preserved as those pictured in Ephasus, still exist.