Exhibitions/Jan 23, 2019

Sounds of Roman Egypt

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Sounds of Roman Egypt, Petrie Museum, January 22–April 22, 2019

Sounds of Roman Egypt explores the objects people used to make music, what they sounded like, and how instruments were used in Romano-Egyptian rituals, homes, and childhood.

The UCL Petrie Museum has one of the largest and best-documented collections of Roman artefacts in the UK, including musical instruments that are too fragile to be played today.

For this exhibition, researchers used laser scanning and computer modelling to create 3D printed replicas of the original objects in the Petrie collection, and made recordings of the instruments to reveal sounds not heard for hundreds of years.