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Ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe re-examined

Researchers from the University of Bassel are re-examining a 3,000-year-old Egyptian prosthetic toe.

Fitted with a lace-up leather strap, the shapely prosthetic toe belonged to a priest’s daughter, who was buried with it near royalty in an upper-class tomb.

“They often wore sandals, so you can imagine that a well-formed foot was important. The wooden toe shows that she had a certain living standard, and also that there were craftsmen capable of making such prosthetics,” Loprieno-Gnirs said.

Using modern microscopy, X-ray technology and computer tomography, researchers could tell that the toe had been refitted several times to ensure the comfort of the wearer, whose big right toe had apparently been amputated. According to Loprieno-Gnirs, scientists are now reviewing whether this was actually the case. No other toes were missing.

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Story: Susan Misicka, Swiss Info | Photo: University of Basel, LHTT / Matjaž Ka?i?nik

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