The Revheim Lurs

Revheim lurs

In July, 1894, people from the Revheim farm, close to Hafrsfjord (a fiord - see map below) in Rogaland, Norway, were digging out a ditch at a large bog called Revheimsmyra. At the bottom of the ditch, just above the layer of sand, they found two long bronsetubes and two smaller pieces. This turned out to be a pair of bronze lurs as can be seen on the picture above.

A. Grimnes, an agriculture engineer who was in the vicinity at that time, took measures and made drawings of the ditch (a profile) and of the find. These drawings and the lurs are now kept at the Museum of Archaeology, Stavanger, Norway .

The Revheim lurs are smaller than the lurs found at Brudevælte - about 1 meter 50 cm long. The tuning is in F.  At Ulvkær, north on Jutland in Denmark two lurs were found in 1988 (this is the latest known lur findings). The Ulvkær lurs are almost the same size as the Revheim lurs.

2 - 300 meter from the bronze-lur find, at Fluberget, there are some rocks where rock carvings were discovered around 1870. These carvings are probably from the same period  as the pair of lurs ( 800 B.C.)

Revheimsmyra - map
Map of Hafrsfjord and Revheimsmyra.


Sound samples:
In 1958 the pair of lurs were played on by two hornplayers from Stavanger,  Franz Dørr and Georg Dørr (father and son).
3 years later in 1961, a trombone player at the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, Gunnar  Rugstad, played on the Revheim lurs .
(all s
amples in MP3 format)
Some recent pictures from the museum (February 2008):

The Revheim Lurs
The Revheim pair of lurs at the museum

Mouthpieces of the lurs
The mouthpieces
- almost like a trombone mouthpiece in size

Rune and Olaf outside the museum
Rune and Olaf outside the museum

Picture of two replicas (December 2011):

Lur copy made by Andy Taylor
The Revheim lurs replicas made by Andy Taylor.
(Click on the photo to see a larger image!)

Replicas was made from drafts and photos of the Revheim lurs in 2008, by Andy Taylor, UK.
(Photo by Terje Tveit, Stavanger Archeological Museum, Norway, 2011)

September 2013, the sound of the replicas: A short clip on YouTube