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Music is the “sound-evidence” of Europe’s ancient common roots.

Long before the Old Continent became known as Europe and before the presumed "history of music" began, musical instruments played a key role in creating a network of interconnections, cross-references and shared features among the various European cultures.
The European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) is the first organic journey from the sounds of Prehistory through to traditions which still survive today, taking us from very early music to the present day composer and blending archaeology and art, science and creativity.
Dragon's Voices - The Ancient Celtic Music of the Carnyx
John Kenny performs wind music on ancient horns from the Bronze Age and Iron Age
November 19th, 2015, 7:30 PM - Venue: St Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield
Leading Scottish music archaeology performer John Kenny, plays music which illustrates the early development of wind instruments. He will perform on a reconstructed model of the 2,000 year-old Tintignac Carnyx as well as two others from Deskford, along with a number of other ancient horns and a reconstruction of the Loughnashade Horn, an Iron Age instrument from Ireland.  
Conference and concert
Brass Instruments from Ancient Europe
Viterbo, November 11th – 14th, 2015, Aula Magna del complesso storico di S. Maria in Gradi, Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Brass instruments play an important part in EMAP, partly because so many have survived and partly because they played such an important role in both the ritual and artistic life of the past.
The 2015 EMAP Conference in Viterbo will gather together all these instruments to celebrate their past, bringing with them researchers, makers and players to join together in the task of reawakening the spirits of the ancient world.
Seminar and Workshop
Instrumentos musicales de barro: Arqueología, Etnografía y Experimentación
(Clay Musical instruments: Archaeology, Etnography and Experimentation)
Spain (Bailén), 8-11th September 2015
The University of Valladolid and the European Music Archaeology Project are organizing in Bailén (Jaén) a Seminar and Workshop in collaboration with the Municipality of Bailén, a village well known for its ancient pottery traditions. The seminar will be dedicated to the study of the production process of clay musical instruments both from the perspective of archaeology and ethnography, bringing together researchers and traditional craftsmen.  
One Day Symposium
VISTA - Visual Interactive and Sound Technology in Archaeology
Huddersfield, 16th June 2015, Sir George Buckley Lecture Theatre, University of Huddersfield
This symposium collects together researchers working in digital modelling and reconstruction, app development, acoustic modelling,
interactive design, audio-visual applications, and multimedia, and their relationships to archaeology, heritage science, cultural industries
and museums.
Seminar, Workshop and Concert
Música e identidad en el Mediterráneo - Mujeres, Ritos y Trance desde la antigüedad al presente
Valladolid, 4 - 6 March 2015, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras - Universidad de Valladolid
Seminar on female music and identities in the Mediterranean from the antiquity to the present. This event has been organized by the EMAP, the Music Archaeology Study Group of the Spanish Musicological Society, the DRUM Marie Curie Research project and the Aula de Música of the University of Valladolid.
The Ancient Brass Project 2
2nd workshop of the Ancient Brass Team of the European Music Archaeology Project
Tarquinia, December 12-14, 2014
The 2nd workshop of the Ancient Brass Project took place in Tarquinia between the 12th and 14th of December 2014 and its main aims were to review current progress and to plan for the next stages in production and performance. In addition, the team from the Università della Tuscia reported back on the material analyses conducted so far on the instruments being studied. The team planned and rehearsed their performance for the concert gave in Tarquinia on the 14th December 2014. 
Lecture, performance and seminar
Sounds of Classical Antiquity
Instruments and melodies from Ancient Greece and Rome
Lund (Sweden) – November 25-26, 2014
Dr. Stefan Hagel, staff member of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, gave a lecture with musical performance and a seminar at the Lund University
The Singing Bone Workshop
Helsinki, November 19-21, 2014
Researchers from Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Finland met at the University of Helsinki to reproduce ancient North European instrument finds, above all bone flutes and reed pipes. Different playing techniques and sounding possibilities were discussed and tested in practice. The workshop ended with a lecture-concert open to all. 
John Kenny’s concert in Naves
Et le son du carnyx résonne à nouveau…
France (Naves), November 8th, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
The magnificent Tintignac Carnyx has remained silent for 2,000 years.
The exceptional concert of John Kenny in Naves - the town where fragments of 7 carnyces were discovered ten years ago by the archaeologist Christophe Maniquet, in the Gallic and Gallo-roman site of Tintignac – has been a unique opportunity for a dive into the sound of the past. 
Workshop and lecture with concert
The Workshop of Dionysus
2nd meeting of the Auloi/Tibiae Team of the European Music Archaeology Project
Tarquinia, October 11–15, 2014
The second meeting of The Workshop of Dionysus brought together again in Tarquinia the same EMAP team of specialists who are investigating and reconstructing the instrument that the Greeks called aulos, the Romans called tibia and the Etruscans probably called suplu.
Conference, workshops and concerts
Germany (Berlin) – September 9-12, 2014
9th Symposium of the ISGMA
On Wednesday 10th, the 4-day conference presented a panel dedicated to some of the researches undertaken by the Team of the European Music Archaeology Project: “Europe’s archaeological music cultures and their integration”.
Summer School
Germany (Berlin), September 7-8, 2014
Supported by the Berliner Antike Kolleg (BAK), for two days experienced researchers from Germany, Great Britain and the USA supplied a structured introduction to the fast-expanding field of Music Archaeology. In addition to teaching basic knowledge of Ancient World Musics, participants revealed and explored the varied analytical and creative approaches to music-archaeological research.
Meeting on the Ancient Hydraulis with concert
On May 20/21, a dozen music archaeologists came together at the Austrian Academy of Sciences to discuss recent developments concerning our knowledge of the ancient organ, both in terms of its manufacture and musical potential and in view of its historical contexts and development. Two reconstructions were presented: the latest one (by S. Rühling and M. Zierenberg) reproducing the instrument proper in authentic materials, the other (by J. Willberg) constructed as a true water-organ according to ancient descriptions.
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