King Tut’s Wonderful Trumpets

“Among the “wonderful things” Howard Carter described as he peered by candlelight into the newly discovered tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 were two trumpets, one silver and one bronze …”

An article on the BBC website by Jacquetta Hawkes’ biographer, Dr Christine Finn, explores the story of these extraordinary survivals, and how one was lost – and found.  The article includes a 1939 recording of one actually being played!   Dr Finn looks at how archaeologists are working with other ancient musical instruments and recreating historic music without harming the artefacts.  You can hear more on Ghost Music, a BBC Radio 4 programme to be broadcast on Tuesday 19 April at 1.30, repeated on Saturday 23 April at 3.30 and available on the BBC iplayer.

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