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A Wooden Toe ... 3000-Year-Old Prosthesis.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:28 am    Post subject: A Wooden Toe ... 3000-Year-Old Prosthesis. Reply with quote

" A Wooden Toe: Swiss Egyptologists Study 3000-Year-Old Prosthesis " (IdW - Olivia Poisson, University of Basel, 20.06.2017)
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It is likely to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices in human history: Together with other experts, Egyptologists from the University of Basel have reexamined an artificial wooden big toe. The find is almost 3000 years old and was discovered in a female burial from the necropolis of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna close to Luxor. This area is currently being studied using state-of-the-art methods.

The international team investigated the one-of-a-kind prosthesis using modern microscopy, X-ray technology, and computer tomography. They were able to show that the wooden toe was refitted several times to the foot of its owner, a priest's daughter. ...


" Life Histories of Theban Tombs - Swiss Mission at Sheikh 'Abd el-Qurna " (University of Basel, Department of Ancient Civilizations, Egyptology) :
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... Particular attention was paid to the archaeological evaluation of a much disturbed female burial (“Lady with an Artificial Toe”) dating to the Third Intermediate Period. The remains of this interment retrieved from the fillings of the 95A shaft tomb provided the in situ finding of a wooden toe prosthesis attached to the right foot of the disjointed mummy.[1] With respect to its historical significance (one of the oldest prosthetic devices with archaeological record), we have started to study and record all surviving burial items from this find location, including a magic papyrus amulet. The prosthesis, the foot, and the inscribed linen pieces were re-examined and recorded during an interdisciplinary study visit at the Egyptian Museum at Cairo. ...

... [1] A. Nerlich, A. Zink, U. Szeimies, H. Hagedorn, Ancient Egyptian prosthesis of the big toe, in: The Lancet 356, 2000, pp. 2176-2179. ...


Andreas Nerlich / Albert Zink / Ulrike Szeimies / Hjalmar Hagedorn : Ancient Egyptian prosthesis of the big toe. - In: The Lancet 356. - 2000. - S. 2176 – 2179.

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