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A team at the University of Vermont in Burlington is exploring the ancient history of music.

Classics professor John Franklin and his student Tanner Lake worked together to create a replica of a nine-stringed instrument called a Kithara. The instrument was often used by professional musicians in public concerts and competitions around the fifth century B.C.

Friday the duo shared their creation on campus.

"To me it's just kind of a whole new way to experience and bring to life the ancient world because you can read about it in textbooks all you want, but when you are listening to the music it puts you in that place. You feel like you are connected with the material," Lake said.

The team built the instrument based on designs found on two-dimensional drawings from vases and coins.

John Butterfield, a luthier from Seattle, Washington was responsible for the woodworking and physical construction of the instrument.

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