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A probe was used to explore wounds and to gain knowledge about the structure of the body. A scoop was used to scrape or clean parts of the body. It was not unusual for instruments to have two uses. The stem has a twisted design. Originally, the bronze would have been polished to a high sheen. This bronze instrument was excavated from the river bed of the Walbrook in the City of London, now an underground river. The Walbrook once flowed through the Roman city of Londinium.

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Glossary: probe

medical tool used during diagnostic process

Glossary: scoop

A long handled spoon like instrument used for scraping parts of the body, or extracting foreign bodies.