The oldest banjo?

The oldest banjo?

According to the BBC, Archaeologists from the University of Exeter believe an Iron Age artefact discovered in Somerset may be an early form of banjo. Wood and hide normally do not survive long periods of burial in the soil, but the peat bogs of the Somerset levels have preserved a wealth of wooden artefacts, including long prehistoric trackways. The object, which the team from Exeter believe could be a banjo, was discovered several years ago at Meare Lake Village, an early Iron age site. A researcher from Exeter has just recognised that what were previously thought to be two separate objects actually join. The “banjo” neck is fretless with four crude wooden pegs one of which has traces of a chord like substance wrapped around it. The body is a skin drum and a small wooden attachment with four holes may have been an early form of tailpiece. If correct this would be the earliest known banjo yet found.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21991622

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It was my dad’s. He left it on the train.

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Dateline today?

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Pre-musical, when it was used as a weapon of warfare… Recent developments in forensics have allowed the identification of cause for curious fatal wounds found upside the head of some early skeletal remains…

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Is there a date on the banjo that was found ?

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ceolachan ,just wondering if he had a ringing in his ear after that …..

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Julius Ceasar in his Commentaries recounts being assailed by naked savages weidling weapons made with rings of wood, stretched with animal skins, fastened at the ends of clubs. These weapons were described as having curious pegs in the handles of the clubs that the Romans believed to be put there in rememberence of some pagen god of the native Britons. The mere sight of these weapons, and the strange wailing sound they emitted, struck fear into his legions and precipitated his return to Gaul