The glaciers of Greenland confirmed the history of Europe
As reported in a press release on Phys.org, an international group of scientists examined the glaciers of Greenland, finding traces of lead emissions, left here with 1100 years before our 800 BC .
As established investigators, the lead would come down here with winds from the European lead-silver developments since the time of Ancient Greece, then the Roman Empire, in the heyday of which was widely used as the lead (from it whatever was done, starting from the water pipe to the sheathing of ships), and silver, from which was minted the coin, produced dishware, created works of art and decoration (note that Argentum, which we call silver, is smelted again lead ores).
Most striking, the researchers say that the ice blanket Greenland performed in this case, the role of the archives «manuscripts», which is easy to trace the stages of development of the European society of that time, as the age of lead deposits are perfectly correlated with periods of prosperity and decline of the great European powers.
For example, the maximum lead contamination falls on the first century of our era (the highest peak of the Roman Empire), but during the famous wars and epidemics, the concentration of heavy metals in Arctic ice the least. The same pattern can be traced in the last hundred years of the existence of the Great Roman Empire. To accurately determine all of this («read» history of ancient Europe), the scientists had to make more than 21 thousand measurements, but because of this they have covered a huge period of almost 2 thousands of years.
By the way, many modern readers may have a legitimate question: why the ancient Greeks and Romans used so much lead in the home, which, in General, harmful to human body? This is true, but the deadly effects of heavy metals on the internal organs, people discovered much later, but because the ancients completely and fearlessly poisoned themselves with lead in the creating of it is not only the water, but the dishes, which suffered their digestive and Central nervous system. However, this story completely different plan…