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  • Andean mummies afflicted with arsenic

    My only question is where was/is the arsenic coming from?

    Soil concentrations/water? Iow. What's the root cause of it's prescence then and today. Especially then.

    Thanks.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communit...senic-poison/1

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    Could have been in the water supply, but I would imagine it's use as pigments to be far more likely.

    Another good find.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      Ah. Most illuminating; hadn't thought about pigments. Makes excellent sense. Hence for whatever reason, it appears this region had a high concentration of natural arsenic compounds in the earth/water.

      Thanks for the thoughts.

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