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Rushen Abbey ear scoop and finger nail cleaner

Date made: AD 1300-1500

Description: The spoon-shaped end of this bone artefact is an ear scoop - the medieval equivalent of a cotton bud! The handle has a finely carved spiral design, leading to a point, which could be used for cleaning under the finger nails. It was found at Rushen Abbey during excavations in 2007.

The land for Rushen Abbey was given by King Olaf 1 over 900 years ago. Originally a home for monks of the Savigniac Order, Rushen Abbey came under Cistercian control and was developed as the Isle of Man’s seat of religious power housing the main body of knowledge and literacy for the island.

Materials: bone

Date found: 2007

Object name: ear scoop

Collection: Archaeology Collection

ID number: 2007-0098.0179

Subject tags : #MM100BEAUTIFULTHINGS


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