Lead in Water Supply Might Have Brought Down Roman Empire

23 Apr 2014 by Local Press Report
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Lead poisoning may have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire, says a report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ancient Rome is famous for its advanced plumbing system, which brought water from the Tiber River to the ancient capital, but the water brought into the homes of wealthy Romans came through lead pipes and the beverages they consumed were made in lead vessels, Science magazine reports. A team of researchers analyzed the lead isotopes in the harbor basin at Portus, which is downstream from Rome and a maritime port of the ancient empire. They also took sediment from a channel that connected the port to the Tiber...

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