The original artefacts have been scanned and reproduced by 3D printer

3D printing brings ancient Egyptian instruments to life

Alex Stevens, 07.02.2019
Original artefacts have been scanned and reproduced for visitors to play
Instruments from ancient Egypt have been recreated using 3D printing technology and are currently available for visitors to play at the Petrie Museum in London.

The instruments have been produced as part of a two-year research project between academics at the University of Kent and Manchester Metropolitan University, and are on display as part of the Petrie’s Sounds of Roman Egypt exhibition.

The original artefacts have been scanned and reproduced by 3D printer, and include a set of reed panpipes, three different ceramic rattles, a pair of wooden clappers and two sets of double-flutes.

The project will also reproduce metal bells and cymbals, again based on 3D scans made at the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages.

Jo Stoner, a research associate in classical and archaeological studies at the university, said: ‘We hope this exhibition will bring the period alive for children and adults alike. There are sound recordings and replica instruments using modern technologies available to handle and play.’

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University of Kent: Visitors can play ancient musical instruments at London exhibition