Ancient Gallic trumpet-like instrument rebuilt

Published on December 12th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Researchers have reassembled an ancient carnyx, a trumpet-like instrument that was decorated with an animals head.

The Greek historian Polybius (206-126BC) was so impressed by the clamour of the Gallic army and the sound of the carnyx, he observed that, “there were countless trumpeters and horn blowers and since the whole army was shouting its war cries at the same time there was such a confused sound that the noise seemed to come not only from the trumpeters and the soldiers but also from the countryside which was joining in the echo”.

When the remains of seven carnyx were unearthed recently, Christophe Maniquet, an archaeologist at Inrap, the national institute for preventive archaeological research (Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives), was curious to find out exactly what sound it produced when it drove the Romans mad, or was used to call upon the god Toutatis.

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Story: Arthur de Pas, The Guardian | Photo: Patrick Ernaux, Inrap

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