The Sutton Hoo lyre has a cousin.
The Anglo-Saxon lyre is one of the most iconic musical instruments of medieval Europe.
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Many replicas today are based on an artifact found at Sutton Hoo, a massive Anglo-Saxon burial site in England.
The grounds hold graves dating to the 6th century, filled with riches. It shed light on the lives of people in what was called the Dark Ages.
But an analysis published on December 15 in the journal Antiquity reveals the kind of lyre found at Sutton Hoo may have been more global than we thought.
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Its matching soundbox, crossbar, and arms stood out to independent researcher Gjermund Kolltveit, who, in the Antiquity paper, points out their striking similarities.