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A History of the Head Lice Comb By Paula Tooney If you think that the head lice comb is a modern invention, well think twice. For centuries and even thousands of years people have had head lice and they have been using them since the beginning of times. There is evidence of this all over the world, and here is a brief history of lice combs. It is estimated that the emergence of head lice combs coincides with the invention of the regular comb, about 9 500-12 500 BC. The oldest combs were made of bone and ivory, or wood. Combs were discovered among the objects left in tombs belonging to the first Egyptian dynasty (3150 BC). In 3000 BC. Head lice combs with very fine and tightened teeth were found in Egyptian tombs. Hundreds of tombs dating from the period from 3000 to 2000 BC. Have been found in Iberia (now Spain), containing items and among them many ivory combs. In the 6th century BC. A carved ivory lice comb dating from the Persian period was found in Israel. Between the 1st century BC. And the 2nd century AD there were several more discoveries. A wooden comb from this period was found in the Negev desert, it contained 10 adult lice and 5 dried nits. Another wooden comb from the same period was found in Northern England and contained fragments of lice. In Germany also during the same period, near Rotterdam, a wooden comb with very thin teeth covered with mud deposits containing lice was discovered. In the 11th century several combs with fine teeth were found in the wreckage of a sunken ship near the Turkish coast. The same combs, made of the same wood were found in Russia. This means that the trade of these anti lice combs happened on a large scale. A comb in walrus ivory, consisting of 2 sides (tiny teeth, and coarse teeth) was also found during this period. It is currently at the British Museum in London. One more comb with fine teeth was found in the wreckage of the boat Culip IV, sank in the late 13th century in Catalonia (now Spain). This boat used to trade with North Africa, its main cargo consisted of ceramic and hazelnuts. The ship of King Henry VIII, the Mary Rose was built between the year 1509 and year 1511, then sank in 1545. He was found and brought to the surface in 1982, and among the objects that were still on board we could find head lice combs with very fine teeth, made of wood. Several combs with very fine teeth were found in the wreckage of the Spanish boat to Bermuda Stone Wall, sank in the middle of the 17th century. In the 18th century a head lice comb made of bone and some human hair were found in a pit at Canterbury (England). From the 18th century, head lice combs became very popular and we can find combs dating from this period in many parts of the globe, very often. Nowadays such a comb is made of metal or other materials and it remains the essential tool in everyone's battle against head lice. For more details on how to use a head lice comb, visit http://headlicecenter.com. You'll get a free mini-course on how to kill head lice naturally. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?Expert=Paula_Tooney


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A History of the Head Lice Comb