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Health and wellbeing in the ancient world
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2.1 A quick birth?

Video 2 shows Professor Helen King and Dr Laurence Totelin discussing the role of amulets in supporting reproductive health. What was an amulet and how was it thought to work?

In the video, they focus on an amulet that is made of haematite (blood-stone) and which ‘opens’ and ‘closes’ the womb, thus serving both as a contraceptive and a way of achieving a quick birth.

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Video 2 A quick birth?
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