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6,000-year-old lead object uncovered in Israel

A lead object which dates back 6,000 years is being call the oldest-known evidence of smelted lead in the Levant. The artifact, which looks like something between an ancient wand and a tiny sword, suggests that people in Israel's northern Negev desert learned how to smelt lead during the Late Chalcolithic,

Unhealthy levels of lead found in medieval remains

Researchers in Denmark have been working to analyze the lead and mercury levels in more than 200 medieval skeletons. "There really is a big difference in how much lead, the individuals from the cemeteries had in their bodies. This depended on whether they lived in the country or in a town.

French noblewoman remains found in lead coffin

The 17th century remains of a French noblewoman and her husband have been found inside of a lead coffin. The corpse of Louise de Quengo, a widow from an aristocratic family from Brittany, was discovered in an hermetically sealed lead coffin placed in a stone tomb at a convent chapel in

Ancient Rome’s water was heavily contaminated with lead

Sediment cores taken from the harbour basin at the Trajanic port of Portus has revealed that Rome's water supply was contaminated with lead as it passed through the giant network of pipes that supplied the city. "It's marginal. You would start being worried about drinking that water all your life," said

Lead coffin containing Roman child found in England

A 1,700-year-old lead coffin containing the remains of a Roman child has been found in a field in Leicestershire, England. “For instance the lining was panel-beaten from a single sheet of lead marked out with a sharp implement and the joins at the ends were sealed with molten lead. “Hammer marks are

Evidence of King Richard III lost chapel found in York

Archaeologists working in York, England, have found evidence of a memorial chapel that King Richard III commissioned to be built in 1483. A University of York spokesman for the department stressed the research so far looked positive, but said researchers can’t prove exactly where the chapel was until a larger excavation

Second lead sarcophagus unearthed in Italy

A second Roman sarcophagus made of lead has been unearthed in the ancient Roman city of Gabii in Italy. According the site director, archaeologist Anna Gallone, the two sarcophagi are examples of a unique local burial custom found in Gabii. "The massive use of lead in the tombs is unique, it has

Roman ships had on-board fish tanks

A piece of lead piping found in the hull of a Roman shipwreck may be part of a pumping system for keeping fish alive on board. Historians have assumed that in ancient times fresh fish were eaten close to where they were caught, because without refrigeration they would have rotted during