Harp and Lyre

In one corner of the pit human bodies were laid out. Close by were the remains of a musical instrument.

Much of the instrument had been made of wood which had disintegrated in the soil. A plaster cast was made of the impression left by the wood.

This object was a mystery to Woolley. There seemed to be too many pieces to make a musical instrument. He reconstructed the object, but was never happy with the result.

This is what Woolley's reconstruction looked like:

Thirty years later, people studying the mysterious object realised that it was actually two instruments which had been crushed together. One is a boat-shaped harp and the other is a lyre.

This is what the lyre looks like today:

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