Human skull showing different methods of trephination, Canary Islands, 1871-1930

Made:
1871-1930 in Canary Islands
maker:
Unknown

Human skull illustrating different methods of trephination owned by Dr. T. Wilson Parry, skull of Guanche, Canary Islands, 1871-1930 (approx)

This skull shows four different instruments used for trephination. The instruments include a shark’s tooth, a flint-pointed bow drill, a flint scraper and obsidian – a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Each instrument makes a different type and size of hole. This skull was owned by Dr Thomas Wilson Parry (1866-1945), an English doctor who did extensive practical research into Neolithic trephination instruments and techniques.

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A652218
Materials:
bone and ivory
Measurements:
shrak's tooth hole: 45 mm,
flint scraper hole: 21 mm,
flint pointed hole: 56 mm,
obsidian hole: 16 mm,
type:
trephination
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
credit:
Wellcome Trust

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