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    Ancient Irish musical history found in modern India

    An archaeologist studying musical horns from Iron-Age Ireland has found that musical traditions, which were thought to be long dead, are still alive and well in south India. The realisation that modern Indian horns are almost identical to many iron-age European artefacts reveals a rich cultural link between the two regions 2,000 years ago, said PhD student Billy Ó Foghlú, from ANU College of Asia-Pacific.

    According to Mr Ó Foghlú

    “Archaeology is usually silent. I was astonished to find what I thought to be dead soundscapes alive and living in Kerala today. The musical traditions of south India, with horns such as the kompu, are a great insight into musical cultures in Europe’s prehistory. And, because Indian instruments are usually recycled and not laid down as offerings, the artefacts in Europe are also an important insight into the soundscapes of India’s past.”

    The findings help show that Europe and India had a lively cultural exchange with musicians from the different cultures sharing independently developed technology and musical styles. One example of this musical mixing is depicted in a carving of a celebration in Sanchi dating from c. 300 BC that shows a group of musicians taking part, playing two European carnyces, a horn with an animal’s head.
    http://irisharchaeology.ie/2016/05/a...-modern-india/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ByRppD-EE


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