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Ancient Instruments

From an archaeological point of view, the problem with ancient stringed instruments is that they are made from wood and tend not to survive through the millennia leaving us with only written references.

However, a dig on the Isle of Skye a few years ago found a fragment of a bridge thought to be from a lyre. The deposits date it was found in date to between 550 and 450 B.C., which makes the bridge a fragment of the oldest stringed instrument found in Europe.


11 - Isle of Skye lyre