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The oldest stringed instrument yet found in Europe

Archaeologists working in a cave on the Isle of Skye in Scotland have uncovered what may be the oldest stringed instrument yet found in Europe, a find which dates back at least 1,500 years.

Rod McCullagh, a Historic Scotland Archaeologist, said: “The cave has provided many fascinating discoveries, including a burnt fragment of a small wooden object that we have asked experts to study as it appears to be the bridge of a stringed instrument.”

Until now the oldest stringed instruments found in Europe have been lyre harps dated around 600AD, which were played by Vikings throughout Scandinavia.

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Story: Scotsman.com | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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