The toe is a 3,000-year-old wooden prosthesis, which was found attached to a female mummy in an ancient Egyptian grave site. Researchers think the toe is one of the world's oldest prosthetic devices. And now, further examination of the prosthesis has divulged even more information about the one-of-a-kind artifact and the time from which it came. Technologies like modern microscopy, X-rays and computer imaging enabled a team of researchers to determine the materials and method used to make the prosthetic.
For instance, their new research, which is still unpublished, found that the wooden toe was refitted several times. Based on the meticulous construction of the ancient prosthesis, the researchers determined the wearer — a priest's daughter — wanted the toe to look natural and be comfortable to wear.
The Early Iron Age prosthesis was found in a tomb cut into the older burial chapel at the graveyard hill of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, west of Luxor, Egypt. According to the researchers, the chapel was part of a group of rock-cut tombs built for upper-class people close to the royal family. Though the tomb had been plundered, many archaeological remains have been uncovered at the site, and researchers are creating "life histories" of the people who would have used the ancient objects. .
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#NicholasBuamah loves playing chess, tennis, and basketball. He is also the author of 'Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day'. It is an animated book that helps elementary-aged school children build their vocabularies.
The book is sold at Barnes & Nobel, on Amazon, and was added to the Library of Congress catalog last year. ------
His mother, Danielle, said: "I developed the character of Kayla when Nicholas was younger to help teach him expanded vocabulary. After being praised by his first-grade teacher for using the word 'collaborate' during his first week of school, I asked Nicholas what he thought about writing a book to help his friends expand their vocabularies. He thought it was a great idea, as long as one of the main characters could be a male figure, and that's when he created Kyle."
His first public appearance for a book signing was on December 15th at a Barnes & Noble in Snellville (a suburb of ATL), which he said was a "phenomenal" experience. His mother said, "He sold out in one hour and people kept coming in the store afterward, requesting a copy so much that Barnes & Nobles invited him back."