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This article in Curator examines the ways that archaeological music can be displayed in museums. Usually, we think of the archaeological record as being composed mainly of tangible objects; however, music has been an important part of human culture for thousands of years, and . The article gives an overview of musical exhibitions that have been put on in the past before describing in depth ARCHAEOMUSICA, a traveling exhibition created by an interdisciplinary team known as EMAP (European Music Archaeology Project).

I found the methods they came up with to exhibit music very interesting. When I started reading the article, I only imagined music-related artifacts and sound recordings on display. However, the focus of the exhibition was on reproductions of the instruments that are actually playable, which visitors can try out for themselves. Unsurprisingly, this hands-on concept was very popular with visitors. There were also videos of the instruments being made and played. I think the exhibition sounds very engaging, although if I’d visited I might have found the small number of original artifacts (as compared to reproductions) disappointing. However, the practical concerns cited in the article about transporting such fragile objects for a traveling exhibition are understandable.

ARCHAEOMUSICA seems like a great example of the potential of museums to spark interest in their visitors. Combining archaeology with music, something pretty much everyone can understand and connect with, is bound to attract a greater number of people than a more traditional archaeological exhibition. The hands-on reproduction aspect of the exhibit is innovative and demonstrates the value of 3D printing and similar technologies in the museum field. I hope that in the future more museums will showcase the impact that music has had throughout the human past. click here if your gay