Mercury and lead in bones: an outing to bioarcheology

Keeping a blog has many benefits, and one of them is the fact that you can share your research with people from around the world. Occasionally, this means an academic colleague from a field quite different to my own gets in touch, because they have read something on my blog that is relevant to them.Continue reading “Mercury and lead in bones: an outing to bioarcheology”

Wine with a metallic aftertaste: food safety in the eighteenth century

Previously, I have written about mercury and some other metals being used as drugs throughout the eighteenth century, and we have also seen that most physicians were well aware of the potential danger of metals to the human body. Some of them even actively warned against metals in their academic work. This week, I foundContinue reading “Wine with a metallic aftertaste: food safety in the eighteenth century”