What’s the Oldest Prosthetic Device In History?

The Greville Chester Great Toe, an ancient Egyptian wooden prosthetic, is perhaps the earliest prosthetic device ever discovered.

The prosthetic was discovered by archaeologists nearly 20 years ago in a tomb carved into a burial chamber known as Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna, near Luxor, Egypt.

New research shows the artificial toe belonged to the daughter of a priest, providing the reason such a remarkable piece of technology even exists. Given the quality, the priest must’ve been in high social standing.

According to the University of Basel:

Using modern microscopy, x-ray technology, and computer tomography, the researchers were able to determine that the wooden toe, which was constructed during the early first millennium B.C., was refitted several times to match the exact shape and fit of the woman who wore it.

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