Since we have (at least( these two strains going on, music and archaeology,
does anyone else have an interest in musical archaeology?
There was an exhibition of "3000 years of Scottish music" at the DunEidin
(Edinburgh) Fringe Festival, with a number of interesting artifacts and
pictures of things, like a reconstruction of the ancient Celtic carynx (sic?)
which was found in the Scottish bog.
They also mentioned the small Iron Age metal shakers/rattlers found, and
a large rock which makes a musical ringing sound when struck which is
located along the shore somewhere in Scotland...
The big book "The Celts" (from the 1991 Venice exhibition) has a section on
music archaeology, and the new book "Tree of Strings" co-authored by the
famous harper Allison Kinnard is a very good source book on ancient insular
Celtic music tradition and artifacts, esp as relating to harps.