Trephination, Swaffham, Norfolk

Scope and Content

2 black and white photographs. Close-up photograph of a trephination hole in skulls excavated at Swaffham, Norfolk. Images used in 'Probable trephination of five Early Saxon skulls' by Calvin Wells in 'Antiquity' 48. Photographs by Mary Kippen.

1-2/ Swaffham (Inhumation A). Description: Bevelled depression towards a central hole (oval in shape). Four radiating fractures from the margins. Type: Possible blunt force trauma / probable trepanation. Overall classification: Trauma (surgical / intentional or accidental)