In this episode we talk about a 31,000 Year Old Surgical Amputation discovered on human skeletal remains in Indonesia. The lower left leg of remains of a child seems to have been amputated.
According to a new study published in Nature “the remains were intentionally buried in Liang Tebo cave, which is located in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, in a limestone karst area that contains some of the world’s earliest dated rock art”.
The remains were excavated in 2020 by a team of Indonesian and Australian researchers and archaeologists, who analysed that the amputation probably took place when the individual was a child and that he or she survived the operation and lived for another 6–9 years, before their remains were buried.
Source: Maloney, T.R., Dilkes-Hall, I.E., Vlok, M. et al. Surgical amputation of a limb 31,000 years ago in Borneo. Nature (2022)
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