For instance in the case of watercraft we assume that for most of the duration of their use we have no direct evidence whatsoever.
While there is no direct falsifiable proof available of these much earlier sea journeys, we tend to accept that non-material evidence (the presence of humans on permanently isolated islands) over-rides the lack of material evidence in this instance. Maritime navigation in the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic.
We do the same in many other areas of archaeological knowledge, for instance, we assume that hominids had internal organs similar to ours, and hair, although no such remains have ever been found from the Pleistocene. Comptes Rendus de l’Academie des Sciences Paris 328: 559-63.
He had access to one of the largest caches of old Italian instruments, which he studied assiduously to recreate the great masterpieces, at an affordable price.
He was so successful in fact that he counted among his many prizes at World’s Fairs and International Exhibitions, the Cross of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor in France.
We shouldn’t conclude though that music is no older than these surviving instruments.
Modern hunter-gatherers often make instruments out of natural materials like skins, wood, hollowed plant stems and gourds, which are perishable, and we have ample evidence that Paleolithic humans had the tool-making skills necessary to make comparable objects.I am not questioning the validity of such assumptions, or the basis of their induction, but I wish to examine some points of logic. It is useful to consider that there appears to be a lag between the time when an archaeological phenomenon, such as navigation, occurred for the first time, and the time from which we can expect the earliest solid evidence for such a phenomenon. We at Ifshin Violins have always been proud of our extensive collection of fine string instruments and bows.We currently are fortunate to have an unusually large selection of fine violins. Only then, I would argue, could we make music as we understand it today.