New software has enabled researchers to recreate
a long forgotten musical instrument
called the Lituus.

The 2.7m (8.5ft) long trumpet-like instrument fell
out of use some 300 years ago. Researchers from
the University of Edinburgh carried out the study,
which was funded by the Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Until now, no one had a clear idea of what this
instrument looked or sounded like. But there
are several depictions of similar instruments
being played throughout
Europe for centuries.

The team at Edinburgh University developed
a system that enabled them to design the
Lituus from the best guesses of its
shape and range of notes.

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