Antique medicine

Blood lancets



   The medical use of these instruments is little secured by archaeological finds. Künzl writes that "bloodletting instruments were frequent in antiquity". If there are few among the grave finds, it is either a coincidence of preservation or the instruments are present, but we do not recognize them "(*).

Size 128x13mm resp. 131x11mm


The lancets presented here could be phlebotomes, bloodletting knives; the similarity with the find from Ephesus / Asia Minor (fig.20 nr.22 at Künzl) is astonishing.
(*) E. Künzl, Medicine. Instruments from Sepulcher finds d.röm. Kaiserzeit, Bonner Jahrb. 182, 1982 p.17.

Location South England