Roman Empire iStock 1064742958In an article from the Washington Post, it was reported that “in 1983, a Canadian research scientist, Jerome Nriagu, examined evidence of the diets of 30 Roman emperors and "usurpers" who reigned between 30 B.C. and 220 A.D. Nriagu concluded that 19 "had a predilection to the lead-tainted" food and wine popular then and probably suffered from lead poisoning, as well as a form of gout.”

They continued that “a team of archaeologists and scientists examined how lead pipes contaminated ancient Roman "tap water." By measuring lead isotopes in the sediment of the Tiber River and Trajanic Harbor, they estimated that the piped water probably contained 100 times as much lead as local spring water.”

More recently an article in Forbes reported that “Archaeological Skeletons From London Prove Some Romans Were Lead Poisoned” Writing in the journal Archaeometry, lead author Sean Scott of the University of Wisconsin-Madison along with an international team composed of Martin Shafer, Kate Smith, Joel Overdier, Barry Cunliffe, Thomas Stafford, and Philip Farrell detail their novel method for identifying lead (Pb) levels from ancient skeletons and the results they obtained. The team hopes to be able to extend their methodology to study more skeletons in the future, from other parts of the Roman Empire. Specifically, Scott tells me he’s interested in figuring out whether there was more lead exposure in rural or in urban communities, and whether it is possible to see lead exposure in multiple generations of families buried in the same cemetery. “Doing similar studies to what we have done in other large Roman settlements could keep one busy for a long time!” he concludes. While the question of the effects of lead poisoning on the Roman Empire is far from settled, Scott and colleagues’ research adds to the growing body of scientific data drawn from multiple sources that show human-created lead pollution was a serious problem two thousand years ago.

In recent decades, lead poisoning has become a widespread concern through the lead-based paint crisis.

Dangers of Lead Paint

Healthy Homes estimates that between 25% and 40% of homes throughout the U.S. still contain lead-based paint. In other words, there are thousands, perhaps even millions of families at risk of health concerns related to lead paint.

Both adults and children are at risk of experiencing serious symptoms associated with lead paint exposure. Small children may become exposed if they happen to ingest cracked or peeling chips of paint containing lead. They may also be tempted to chew on surfaces containing lead paint, such as window sills. In addition, both children and adults can experience exposure since lead paint creates a talc-like powdery substance as it deteriorates, which puts you at risk of inhalation. Attempting to remove lead paint on your own can exacerbate these issues.

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