After analysing all the archaeological metapods and comparing them with the ethnographic and experimental metatarsal bones
, it was concluded that the actions which caused the marks and modifications on the surfaces of all the bones had the same purpose: they were employed by smiths as anvils for serrating sawtooth sickle blades.
Ledley suffered a fracture to his fifth metatarsal bone
and said: 'I put my foot down and felt a click, or a snap.
For the first time, the club revealed that his metatarsal bone
has been broken in an area which involves a joint.
The Manchester United striker seems unlikely to play in the World Cup finals in Germany this summer after breaking a metatarsal bone
in the 3-0 defeat by Chelsea on Saturday.
The striker moved to Newcastle United from Real Madrid in a pounds 16m transfer last summer, but is currently sidelined after breaking a metatarsal bone
in his right foot during a match on New Year's Eve.
And they are now without captain Steven Gerrard for at least two months after he broke his metatarsal bone
in last Monday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.
Murphy was confirmed to have fractured the second metatarsal bone
of his left foot during a scan today.
McCoy's injury is listed as a bruised fifth metatarsal bone
in his right foot.
Caldwell, who has been one of the Reds' stand-out players this season, broke a metatarsal bone
in an accident at college last week.
The midfielder has gone under the knife to have a pin inserted in his fifth metatarsal bone
after breaking it while running.
Now the 22-year-old Lancastrian has his left foot in plaster after breaking the metatarsal bone
on the little toe.
The Hull City full-back will have scans this week to reveal the full extent of the damage to a suspected cracked metatarsal bone
in his foot, which is likely to keep him out of the crucial Millennium Stadium clash.