Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
C. 2500 BCE, Lyre
The lyre, a yoked instrument with strings running from a single point at the base of a resonating body to a crossbar, plucked by fingers or plectrum. Formally associated with the Greeks and the myth of Hermes (who was said to have fashioned it from a tortoise shell) but having antecedents in Egypt (with its origin attributed to Thoth), as well as variants from the East and across the globe.
The lyres of Ur, excavated from an old grave in the city of Ur, 1929, are three of the oldest examples of the instrument.