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A record of ancient Rome’s economy turns up in a glacier in Greenland

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ProgsCon

"lead fumes from the smelting rose into atmospheric currents that carried them over Greenland, where they settled onto glaciers and were trapped in the ice."
Interesting that the article does not site any sources for how they make this claim.

Kremilek2

It is quite fascinating what modern science can reveal about our past. It doesn't bring nothing new from point of view of history but gives interesting hints about Mediterranean economy, which is widely unknown in certain periods.

ashbird

Given that lead (Pb) does not occur in an elemental state but is a by-product of silver mining - http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/wine/leadpoison..., it is sobering to contemplate the lives of slaves who were put to work the silver mines in ancient Rome using the then means available.

john4law

Archeology, particularly from remote but precise sources like toxic waste deposits in the Arctic Icecaps, is an extremely objective source of information about the economies and the ups and downs of Empires no mere historical document could possibly match. We are in a New Era of Discovery about our Past and who we really are and how we got that way. There are going to be innumerable findings like this one Worldwide in the next few decades alone. It is a wonderful time for the historically minded to be alive.