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Medieval man with a 'knife prosthesis' found

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Archaeologists have found a fascinating puzzle in the shape of a man's remains dating back to medieval Italy. It looks like this guy went through life with a knife attached to his arm, in place of his amputated hand.

The skeleton in question was found in a Longobard necropolis in the north of Italy, dating back to around the 6th to 8th centuries CE. Hundreds of skeletons were buried there, as well as a headless horse and several greyhounds, but this particular skeleton stood out.

He was an older male, aged between 40 and 50, and his right arm had been amputated around the mid-forearm.

https://www.sciencealert.com/medieval-lombard-man-amputated-arm-knife-prosthesis

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OverSword

What a bad ass!

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Piney

They were quite a bunch!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombards

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Alaric

Groovy

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freetoroam
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On closer examination, the ends of the bone showed evidence of biomechanical pressure - reshaping of both bones to form a callus, and a bone spur on the ulna. These are consistent with the sort of pressure that might have been applied by a prosthesis.

 

However, given the advanced healing of the bone, it is clear the man lived for a long time after his hand had been amputated.

He was an older male, aged between 40 and 50

https://www.sciencealert.com/medieval-lombard-man-amputated-arm-knife-prosthesis

Pretty clever what they managed to do and considering his age and that he lived with it for a long time, it seemed to have done the trick for surving.

Wonder how many met their end at the end of his arm? 

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Alaric
5 hours ago, Piney said:

They were quite a bunch!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombards

Sir Ash of SMart was one of the last in a great line of Lombardian Lords...

 

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Herr Falukorv

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Piney
14 minutes ago, Alaric said:

Sir Ash of SMart was one of the last in a great line of Lombardian Lords...

 

 

He doesn't have anything on my thirteen year old!

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jaylemurph

Their crown -- complete with iron from a nail from the "True" Cross -- is still around, outside Milan:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Crown_of_Lombardy
 

--Jaylemurph

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Podo

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

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newbloodmoon

I bet he didn’t have to be told twice not to pick his nose with his knife hand. All jokes aside though, that’s pretty kick butt especially how old they figured him to be.

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