Thursday, March 29, 2012

Skye cave find western Europe's 'earliest string instrument'

Part of the instrument. Pic: Historic Scotland  
The notched wood is believed to be the bridge of an ancient lyre

Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe.

The small burnt and broken piece of carved piece of wood was found during an excavation in a cave on Skye.
Archaeologists said it was likely to be part of the bridge of a lyre dating to more than 2,300 years ago.

Music archaeologist Dr Graeme Lawson said the discovery marked a "step change" in music history.

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