Results from our specialist Vicky Garlick, of the Artefact Conservation Service, Durham University, confirm that traces of bone, and possible mineral preserved wood, might suggest that this “band” supported a prosthetic leg.
In the photo of the “band”, a buckle can be seen as well as a fragment of the strap.
Andrew Tizzard BA Dip. Arch. PhD MCIfA of Border Archaeology has seen a similar “band” in a grave alongside a skeleton in London. This particular post-medieval find provided part of a support on which the individual’s residual limb could rest. The prosthetic acted as a crutch with wooden sides partially enclosing the residual limb for greater stability.