Cette étude de cimetières Danois et Allemands soulève un détail intéressant sur le taux de plomb et de mercure présent dans les corps retrouvés..
Practical, beautiful -- and poisonous
"There really is a big difference in how much lead, the individuals from the cemeteries had in their bodies. This depended on whether they lived in the country or in a town. We see almost no lead in the bones from rural individuals, while the levels of this toxic metal were high in urban individuals," [...] Mercury was given as medicine
The research team also tested the skeletons for their content of mercury. Mercury was used to prepare the color cinnabar, for gilding and as medicine against leprosy and syphilis.