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Lead Poisoning and Ancient Rome

Thank you Clara Sexton Houghtaling for sharing this article with us on Facebook!

ScienceShot: Did Lead Poisoning Bring Down Ancient Rome?
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While we might not agree with the implied conclusion of the article, there are also at least a couple of noted facts in this article that many of our readers may not yet know about:

  1. Romans used solid lead pipes in their water delivery system
  2. Romans cooked in lead-lined vessels

The Roman elites also added powdered lead to their wine as a sweetener! If you have other articles about this you would like to share, please post them in the comments below and we will publish them here.

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