The key to understanding prehistoric musical instruments is accurate reproduction. An original artefact that may be thousands of years old is both rare and delicate. Yet to be able to play an instrument properly, it is important to practice repeatedly over a long period of time to train the body and mind of the functions that are required to play.
Therefore the only solution is to make a perfect new copy which will perform the same functions as the original and have the same sound and tuning. Not only is much learnt from the reproduction musically, but also the crafts which were employed to make instruments have to be re-discovered. This in itself reveals a depth of knowledge and ability form pre-history and casts new light on our ancient culture.