When Ash Williams lost his hand in The Evil Dead, he replaced it with a chainsaw. When Daniel Robatille aka Candyman had his hand amputated by a lynch mob, he replaced it with a hook. When Cherry Darling’s leg was blown to shreds in Planet Terror, she replaced it with a gun. Indeed, the idea of heroes and villains replacing lost limbs with pokey objects has been a motif since Captain Hook first tormented The Lost Boys.
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Though the idea may seem like a modern invention, archaeologists have just unearthed the skeleton of a Medieval man in Italy whose remains sport a surprising modification: A severed had replaced with a blade!
Italian anthropologists have documented a remarkable case in which a Medieval-era Italian male not only managed to survive the amputation of his right hand, he also used a bladed weapon as a prosthetic limb.
Analysis of the skeleton, led by anthropologist Ileana Micarelli from the University of Rome, suggests the man’s right hand was removed by a single blow. Many Longobard males were involved in warfare, so it’s possible he lost it during combat.
Not enough evidence exists to show how [the man] used the knife, but it may have served multiple purposes, such as a visual display, self-defense, or a useful tool to perform daily routines, such as eating or manipulating other objects.
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