One of the most interesting groups of objects at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is a collection of medical and surgical instruments found at the site of the ancient city of Colophon. This set of 34 objects, likely of Greek or Roman origin, contains a variety of tools that would have been owned and used by someone who practiced medicine.
This week, these instruments received a home makeover so that they can be more easily studied and utilized for teaching. The rehousing process also revealed the striking similarity these instruments share with medical and surgical instruments commonly used today – no doubt modern medical practices owe a lot to the ancient Greeks and Romans!
These ancient medical instruments are now safely housed and can be easily transported for research and study.
(Image 1 of 2) This cooper alloy spatula likely served many functions, including probing and mixing substances.