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Replica of an Anglo-Saxon bandage, England

This is a copy of an original curved copper bandage that was found around the arm of an Anglo-Saxon skeleton, discovered in a cemetery during an archaeological dig. Dating from 500-1000 CE, the original is now at Reading Museum. Beneath the thin copper layer the remains of plant material were found. It is believed that these were medicinal plants applied to a wound in an attempt to heal an injury.

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Glossary: human remains

term created as part of the NMSI human remains policy (from April 2007); Other terms used are 'blood' and 'human hair'

Glossary: bandage

A strip of material such as gauze used to protect, immobilize, compress, or support a wound or injured body part