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Francoise Barnes
Francoise Barnes • 2 years ago

Artificial toe discovered in 2000 in the tomb of Tabeketenmut in the necropolis of Thebes, near Luxor. The wood and leather device is hinged for comfort and believed to be the oldest functioning prosthesis ever found

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