ARG-154

Archaeologists have long thought that an artifact called the pemchint was used by Dodecan people solely as a musical instrument. Pemchints consist of hollowed pieces of bone, shell, or wood that are tied together with long straps. When whirled in the air, the pemchints create pleasant tones. Until recently, pemchints were found only at locations known to be used for Dodecan rituals and celebrations. Additionally, they were always excavated in proximity to other musical artifacts. Recently, however, a pemchint was found along with Dodecan hunters' tools located miles from the nearest known Dodecan settlement, while no other music-related objects were found in the area. Clearly, then, the pemchint was used by Dodecan hunters, who most probably used the sounds to repel dangerous wildlife.


Write a response in which you discuss one or more alternative explanations that could rival the proposed explanation and explain how your explanation(s) can plausibly account for the facts presented in the argument.


In this article, the author attributes the pemchint found in the Dodecan (D) hunter's settlement to the fact that pemchint is used by hunters to drive away wild animals. While this might be the case, we cannot simply ignore other explanations which could rival the proposed one endorsed by the author.


First of all, the pemchint found in the hunting tools may have been carried to this place. It is very likely that, in the past, the people of D were mainly dependent on hunting for food, but at the same time, some of them would have worked as musicians in religious ceremonies, and some of these musicians would have used pemchint instruments exclusively. In this way, it is likely that such musicians had just finished playing music at a religious ceremony, returned home, and placed their pemchint instruments with other hunting tools.


Secondly, according to the article, the pemchint was made from animal bones, so this raises the possibility that the hunters used other tools for hunting, and then they made pemchint instruments out of the bones after consuming the prey. At the same time, only the pemchint, of all musical instruments at the time, could be made from animal bones. This would explain why the pemchint was found around the hunter's tool but not the other instruments.


Thirdly, according to the author's description in the article, pemchint was made from animal bones, shells, and pipes made of wood and tied with a string. Hence, it is highly likely that the so-called "pemchint" found in the hunter's tool was just raw materials that could be used to make pemchint. This is because animal bones, shells, wood, and rope are very common in the hunter's living environment. These hunters may just happen to be in the habit of tying up animal bones, shells, and wood for easy storage. And this thing happened to be used as a pemchint instrument.


Fourth, although the pemchint was found in hunting tools, it is possible that the pemchint did not appear simultaneously as the hunting tools or, alternatively, that the pemchint and the hunting tools may not have been put there by the same person. For example, the place where the pemchint and the hunting tools were found was itself a place for religious ceremonies. Still, as it declined or was relocated, the place was no longer used for religious ceremonies. Because the materials for other instruments were perishable or could be used for other purposes, only the pemchint was left. The hunters chose it as the place where they stored their instruments. Of course, another possible explanation is that the pemchint just happened to be placed among the hunter's tools by a pemchint musician.



All in all, many different explanations could be given for the discovery of the pemchint mentioned in the article, and all of these alternative explanations could be used to explain the facts presented by the author.

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