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K. Kris Hirst

The Human Use of Lead Ore

By February 11, 2013

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The second entry in our indepth study of metals is lead, a naturally occurring metal with some fairly toxic properties that nonetheless held some attraction to our ancestors.

Ptolemaic Egyptian Sarcophagus 1st Century AD
Too much eyeliner? Ptolemaic Egyptian Sarcophagus 1st Century AD. andrevanb

Lead ore is shiny and silvery, and the scariest use we human types have for the metal is as a cosmetic. Ground into shiny dust, lead was used to paint our bodies all over the world, including ancient Egypt and Greece where it was famously used as an eyeliner.

Yikes!

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