Norfolk "Q-tip" declared treasure

Everyday toilet implements, such as an ear scoop found by a metal detectorist, were among the recently-declared treasures in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. Also discussed was an early Anglo-Saxon "gold and garnet cloisonné circular domed object." (photos)

The ear scoop is believed to have been part of a set of toilet implements, dating to the medieval period, used to clean the ears. "Individual tools included tweezers, toothpicks, nail cleaners and ear scoops and show that people in the Medieval period could be as concerned with details of their personal appearance as we are," said Erica Darch, a finds officer with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.