400-Year-Old Prosthesis Discovered!


People in medieval times had very tough lives, from lack of health to serious injuries, all of which were very common. However, although medicine was making progress, there was still a lot to learn about curing diseases. Moreover, doctors from that time were making inroads in the field of prostheses, for example, prosthetic limbs. Based on this, such a prosthesis was recovered recently from an archaeological site in Germany.

It was an untreated skeleton discovered during work in the Bavarian town of Freising. In a press release, the Bavarian State Office for Monument Protection called it “something special.” Even more when they noted that the remains of the left hand were put into a sophisticated prosthesis.

The indications point out that the fingers were amputated when the person was alive, leaving the thumb in place. The prosthesis was made using iron and non-ferrous metal. In addition, leather covered. Moreover, the archaeologists found gauze-like cloth remains inside, which were probably cushioning the amputation site.

Dr Walter Irlinger, head of the Bavarian State Office for Monument Protection, added,

The hollow hand prosthesis on the left hand added four fingers. The index, middle, ring and little fingers are individually formed from sheet metal and are immobile. The finger replicas lie parallel to each other, slightly curved. Presumably the prosthesis was made with straps [to be tied] on the stump of the hand,

The analysis of the remains and radiocarbon dating revealed that they belonged to a man between the ages of 30 and 50 years at the time of death. However, it is hard to say what the accident might be, but they were unaware of the accident.

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Dr. Armash Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor's degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is skilled in general dentistry and is an experienced medical content writer. She also works as a Science Instructor for Little Medical School, which is a STEM-based learning program for kids. Her future plans are to work for the betterment of dentistry for the underprivileged in Pakistan, apply for postgraduation, and specialize in Paediatric Dentistry.


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