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Artery forceps

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From Cramond, Midlothian

Postcard of Artery forceps.
000-100-102-513-C
© National Museums Scotland

Artery forceps

These bronze artery forceps were found at Cramond in Midlothian. They are one of several medical tools found together which belonged to a Roman doctor between 140 and 210 AD.

The forceps have finely toothed ends, allowing them to be used for gripping and extracting. The square slip ring enabled the forceps to be fixed at a certain opening width.

The Roman army medical service was impressively equipped and could deal with a variety of injuries. They had eye lotions, potions and powders, and a range of surgical tools. The spatulas found at Cramond differ in form, and probably had different uses.


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Online ID: 000-100-102-513-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FT 82
Date: 140 - 210 AD
Between 140 and 210 AD
Material: Curved ends, finely toothed; handle round and moulded, with square slip ring
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What: Forceps, artery
Subject:
Who: Clerk of Penicuik Collection (Object from this collection)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Cramond
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Description: Roman artery forceps of bronze, from Cramond, Midlothian, 140 - 210 AD
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