Historical knowledge

The lurs from Brudevælte

The first find of lurs was made in 1797 in the bog Brudevælte Mose in northern Zealand. During peat-digging in the bog the farmer Ole Pedersen found ‘6 curved brass horns’. In other words he found the top parts of the lurs. A good week later, in the same bog, he found the six mouthpieces that belonged to them. This was how six whole, well-preserved lurs saw the light of day for the first time since the Bronze Age. At that time they had been deposited in the bog, after first being carefully dismantled and packed together. All the mouthpieces were gathered in a bunch and tied together with a woven band.

The find from Brudevælte Mose was not only the first find of lurs, it was also the biggest.

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