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A trumpet is made from a large univalve shell by abrading the apex of the spire

away as can be seen in the photos below. By compressing the lips and blowing into the abraded end, a deep penetrating tone can be heard from a long distance.

Trumpets have been recovered from numerous ruins in the Southwest.

The one photographed below is Hohokam and was found broken then re-constructed.

Notice the drilled hole on one end, possibly for hanging around the neck of the user.

1Y Hohokam Trumpet


2Y Trumpet



Revised: 05/15/2007

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