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Copy of Roman artificial leg, London, England, 1905-1915
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The original of this artificial leg was made of bronze. It was excavated from a grave in Capua, Italy. Dating from c. 300BCE, the artificial leg was designed to replace the lower part of the leg, below the knee. It was probably attached to the body using a waist band of sheet metal. This was also found with the skeleton. The leg was the oldest artificial limb discovered. It was kept at the Royal College of Surgeons in London until it was destroyed in an air raid during the Second World War. maker: Unknown maker Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom