Archaeologists Discover 'Unique' Artificial Body Part in 18th Century Skull

By Olivia Smith | May 13, 2024

The discovery

Researchers in the field of archaeology have unearthed a "unique" medical prosthetic implant embedded in the skull of an individual from the 18th century.
 

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A recent study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports details the discovery of a unique artificial body part crafted for a man with a cleft palate, a birth defect characterized by a division in the roof of the mouth. 
 

Two centuries ago

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The skeleton, belonging to a 50-year-old individual from over two centuries ago, was found in the crypts of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Kraków, Poland. The burial was uncovered during a research project led by Anna Drążkowska from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, who is also a co-author of the study.