Medieval foot prosthesis found in Austria
Archaeologists in Austria said Thursday they had found what they believe to be Europe's oldest prosthetic implant in the shape of a wooden foot dating from the sixth century.
|The skeleton of what appears to have been a high-ranking Frankish figure was discovered in 2013 [Credit: OAI]|
"He appears to have got over the loss of his foot and lived for two more years at least with this implant, and walking pretty well," Sabine Ladstaetter from the Austrian Archaeological Institute (OAI) told AFP.
|The man's left foot and ankle had been replaced by a wooden prosthetic [Credit: OAI]|
"The infection risk alone would have been extremely high, which shows how good the medical treatment was. And don't forget this was at the edge of the civilised world in the sixth century," Ladstaetter said.
Until pagan Slavs arrived in the 7th century, Hemmaberg was the most important Christian pilgrimage site north of the Alps containing six churches. It was rediscovered in the early 20th century.
The OAI is part of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW).
Source: AFP [January 14, 2016]