Marine shells have been used as musical instruments in almost all parts of the world (Izikowitz 1935), including Mesoamerica, where large univalves, also called conch shells in the literature, had a utilitarian function as trumpets. Their use is well documented in most cultural areas of Mesoamerica, as in Western Mexico, through their various occurrences in archaeological contexts and museums collections.
Keywords: conch, shells, trumpets, shell trumpets
How to Cite:
Novella, R., (1991) “Shell Trumpets from Western Mexico”, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 2, 42-51. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/pia.16