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Western Europe’s Oldest String Instrument Uncovered in Scotland

Archaeologists in Skye have uncovered the remnants of a lyre¬†on the Isle of Skye. The artifacts looks to be around 2,300 years old and served as a bridge to the musical instrument. While lyre’s existed in the Eastern World more than 5,000 years ago, this piece represents the earliest example uncovered in the Western World. This find is especially rare, considering the material from which it is made:

“Stringed instruments, being usually made of wood, rarely survive in the archaeological record, but they are referred to in the very earliest literature, and, in various forms, were to feature on many stone carvings in Scotland and Ireland, and to become emblematic in both countries.”

To lean more about this find, see the article in BBC News.

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