Copper alloy ear scoop
Roman, mid- 1st-4th century AD
Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section at Victoria Road, Winchester in the mid- to late 1970s
This ear scoop has been cast in a quite complex form and bears grooved and feathered decoration on the shaft above the probe. It probably originally formed a set with a nail cleaner and a pair of tweezers suspended on a ring.
The indigenous Iron Age people of Britain adopted the Roman habit of bathing and personal hygiene with enthusiam, and such objects are common site finds in Winchester.