So good news, author! Your writing standard is overall good. You have something well-formatted and with a good understanding of clinical tone without compromising on clarity.

I'll refrain from detailed line by line critique at this juncture, however, because what this draft needs as it stands is conceptual exploration and refinement. As you stated, right now it's just kind of a grab bag of anomalous properties of no particular relation to one another.

First up, did you have a backstory in mind already? If you do, I'd be interested to hear about it, and then I can advise you on how to incorporate it into the article.

If in the other hand you don't, what you need to do at this juncture is select one of the major anomalous properties you've described thus far and *explore* it.

What does that mean? Well, let's take what I think is the most promising anomaly as an example - the lute's use as a scientific calculator. Exploring this idea means thinking it through: working out what other things are implied by its existence and properties. You can think of it as a series of questions:

- What does it say about the universe/humanity/location of origin that this anomaly came into being?
- What kind of things can this anomaly allow people to achieve that would have been difficult or impossible otherwise? What were the consequences of that for its creator/originating culture/etc.?
- What other ideas are implied by the intersection of themes at which this anomaly exists?

(This isn't an exhaustive list, it's just some prompts for the types of things you might think about.

So thinking specifically about a lyre that's a scientific calculator, here's a sampling of things you might think about:

- It exists at the intersection of music and mathematics. Does this mean there are other linkages between mathematics and music? Can you play Fermat's Last Theorem on it? How does it sound if you do? If you learn music on this harp, does it make you good at mathematics also? Vice versa? Can you be so good at music in this harp that you can solve otherwise intractable mathematical problems? Does Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" transcribed for the lyre also form a mathematical equation? If so, what does it prove?
- Did this thing come into being before scientific calculators were generally available? How long before? If so, could the culture it originated in have used it to create technology advances before they were made in the mundane world? Did this thing create, say, an iron age space program?
- Is mathematics ultimately music, in a cosmological sense? If so, what's implied by this reified metaphor? What's the mathematical equivalent of harmony, dissonance, tempo? Do sums come out differently in a minor key?
- Is music ultimately mathematics in a cosmological sense? What might that imply? Can we take the square root of Pachelbel's Canon in D? What does it sound like if you do? Can you multiply two songs together, or subtract one from the other?
- Who created this thing? What did they think they were doing? Were they aiming at the music, the maths, or both, or neither?
- What happens in a culture where mathematics and music are more deeply intertwined? Do people go to mathematical concerts and scream as people fill a whiteboard with equations? Or are songs published only in abstruse journals, accessible only to an elite of ivory-tower intellectuals?

That just what I myself could come up with after ten minutes or so of thought. You can probably do better.

After you've done some exploration of one of the anomalies here, and chosen some part of that to focus on, you'll have a much better idea of what other parts of the object aren't necessary and can be cut. You'll also have something that's less a pile of unrelated effects and closer to a story, which is generally how successful articles are born.

*As a courtesy to our readers on mobile devices, I've collapsed the long post. ~Zyn*
If you like, you can create a thread in Ideas and Brainstorming where you could kick your idea around a bit until it takes on a shape you like.