Researchers from the University of Basel found an interesting artifact buried in an Egyptian tomb. The artifact was an artificial wooden toe discovered near Luxor, on the valley of the Nile River. They dated the tomb to almost 3,000 years ago, and determined that it belonged to a priest’s daughter.
The prosthetic toe had an elaborate design and was flexible
Luxor is the place where archaeologists discovered many tombs and artifacts. The city was on the site of Thebes, the ancient capital, and hosted the temples of Luxor and Karnak, still visible today. Apart from the temples, the site also was the home of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.
Scientists analyzed the toe with the help of advanced technology, including CT scans. These scans capture X-ray images of the artifact from different angles, and then puts them all together and forms a 3D version. Also, the technique allows scientists to perform cross sections, which show how the object looks on the inside.
After analyzing these images, researchers decided that the toe had been fitted and refitted several times to the priest’s daughter’s foot. The prosthetic was flexible, and had an elaborate design. Therefore, the owner must have appreciated a natural look, which provided her with the best comfort. Also, she had the best artisans at hand to manufacture such an aesthetic piece.
It was found on a burial ground belonging to upper class Egyptians
The prosthetic toe was found on a burial site which belonged to people close to the royal family. Therefore, it hosts many upper class individuals. Researchers were on a quest of finding out more about these people and their lives, and performed CT scans on the artifacts and objects found there.
Archaeologists have always tried to discover more about the life and culture of this grandiose civilization. Even so many years after the fall of ancient Egypt, they keep digging up artifacts and even architectural formations. For instance, in April, they discovered the remains of a hidden pyramid dating back to 3,700 years ago.
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