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Tweezers
Date Made/Found: 80-400 AD
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: Overall: 8 x 7 x 66mm
Place Object Found: Rotherham
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1985.230
These Roman tweezers look very similar to modern tweezers even though they are nearly 2000 years old. They are made from a strip of copper alloy which has been bent in the middle to form two movable arms. Their function would have been much the same as modern tweezers, to pluck hair from the body. Tweezers are often found as part of Roman cosmetic sets with other objects like ear scoops, toothpicks and items to apply makeup. Such sets are found commonly across the Roman Empire. Looking good was important for both Roman women and men, even soldiers carried basic equipment for keeping clean. These tweezers were found by someone metal detecting in the Dinnington area of South Yorkshire.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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