Articles and book chapters

Impressions from the Shimao Site and the Ancient Jew’s Harps Found There

Gjermund Kolltveit, Áron Szilágy og Leo Tadagawa. Journal of the International Jew’s Harp Society 7: 102–105 (2022)

Abstract: In September 2019 the authors participated in the International Symposium on the Jew’s Harp – New Discovery of the Archaeological Site in Shimao Huangchengtai, which took place in Shenmu, in the Chinese province Shaanxi. One part was purely archaeological, while one part was devoted exclusively to jew’s harps, because more than twenty jew’s harps were found during the excavations of the site in 2016 and 2017.

Articles and book chapters

The Sutton Hoo lyre and the music of the Silk Road: a new find of the fourth century AD reveals the Germanic lyre’s missing eastern connections

Antiquity 96/385: 208–212 (2022)

A recent re-examination of finds from Soviet-era excavations in Dzhetyasar, Kazakhstan, has identified the remains of two wooden objects as stringed instruments. Dating to the fourth century AD, one bears a strikingly close resemblance to lyre finds from Western Europe, including the instrument from Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo: the Sutton Hoo lyre.

Published online (OA) 15 Dec 2021.

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Den forbudte sangen

Anna Granqvist and Gjermund Kolltveit. Korbladet 3/2021: 16–20

Articles and book chapters

Nye bevegelser i norsk folkemusikk

Folk och musik (2019)

The article, in Norwegian language, describes and discusses some developments in the modern Norwegian folk music scene. The most significant driving tendencies are education and professionalization.

Published online (OA), 28 Feb 2019

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A Scandinavian view on Music Archaeology: Research, Directions, Methodology, and Materials

Arxeologïyalıq qazba jumıstarınan tabılğan köne mwzıkalıq aspaptar: jïnalw jäne zerttelw mäseleleri [Ancient Musical Instruments found in Archaeological Excavations: Problems of Collection and Research]: 79–85, 207 (figures). Almaty: Museum of folk musical instruments named after Ykhlas (2019)

Music archaeology is well known in Scandinavia among archaeologists and musicologists. Still, this interdisciplinary field of research is a fairly marginal subject, and there is no chair in music archaeology at any university, neither in Scandinavia nor elsewhere. This paper describes the characteristics of music archaeology, especially its Scandinavian version, including its aims, directions and methods, and exemplifies some of the relevant artefacts. It also discusses terminology, such as the use of ‘sound tools’ instead of ‘musical instrument’.

English text. Printed in Kazakh journal. Keywords: Music archaeology, archaeomusicology, archaeoacoustics, Scandinavia, musical instruments, sound tools, methodology

Articles and book chapters

Akustikk og kommunikasjon til sjøs. Roperten fra Kvalsundskipet og dens slektninger

Kysten 2: 48–51 (2019)

Norwegian article about a possible megaphone from a ship excavated in Kvalsund, Sunnmøre, on the west coast of Norway, 7th to 8th century AD. In addition to this wooden funnel-shaped object, the article discusses wooden trumpets (lurs), found in Norse sagas and traditions. Both megaphones and lurs were sound-producing devices used for acoustic communication at sea or in costal landscapes.

Articles and book chapters

New directions in contemporary fiddle playing in Norway

Liz Doherty and Fintan Vallely (eds.) Ón gCos go Cluas – From Dancing to Listening – Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5, The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen (2019)

Published online (OA)

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Klokkene ringer for deg – et glimt inn i bøndenes, gårdsarbeidernes og gjeternes klangunivers

Frank Meyer (ed.), Norges lyder. Stabbursklokker og storbykakofoni. Oslo: Norsk lokalhistorisk institutt: 23–42 (2018)

Article in Norwegian about village bells and animal bells, and their use in rural Norwegian soundscapes.

Articles and book chapters

Disse arkeologiske funnene viser at vi har ravet siden steinalderen

Festivalmagasin Sommerøya, 10–11 (2018)

Popular article in Norwegian about the archaeology and evolutionary history of groove. Also published online, in, 13 Jun 2019 (link below).