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Egyptian Mummies Hold Clues of Ancient Air Pollution
LiveScience ^ | Friday, June 3, 2011 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 06/03/2011 6:03:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Ancient Egyptians may have been exposed to air pollution way back when, according to new evidence of particulates in the lungs of 15 mummies, including noblemen and priests.

Particulates, tiny microscopic particles that irritate the lungs, have been linked to a wide array of modern-day illnesses, including heart disease, lung ailments and cancer. The particulates are typically linked to post-industrial activities, such as fossil-fuel burning.

But after hearing of reports of such particulates being found in mummy tissue, Roger Montgomerie, a doctoral student at the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester, decided to take a closer look at mummified lung tissue. His work represents the first attempt to identify and study particulates in multiple Egyptian mummies.

The 15 mummified lungs he's examined so far all showed particulates and the levels of them are not much below what he'd expect in modern-day lungs...

These mummies come from a broad cross section of Egyptian life. Some were ordinary workers who lived in a remote outpost called the Dakhleh Oasis, while others were of the upper class -- nobles and priests or priestesses...

While ancient Egypt was a preindustrial society, its people did engage in cooking, metal working and mining, all activities that can generate air pollution. In addition, the Egyptian climate, with its deserts and sandstorms, would have whipped up any grounded particulates into the air where they could easily be inhaled.

Now, Montgomerie has devised an experiment that he hopes will shed light on the origin of these tiny particles.

He is burning different sources of fuel used by the Egyptians and capturing the particulates they create.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; egypt; globalwarming; godsgravesglyphs
This mummy was discovered in Dakhleh Oasis, a remote outpost in southwest Egypt and lived around 1,800 years ago, at a time when the Romans occupied Egypt. Although much of the mummy remains are lost, the area around the lungs, where particulates were found, is well preserved. CREDIT: Photo courtesy Dakhleh Oasis Project.

Egyptian Mummies Hold Clues of Ancient Air Pollution

1 posted on 06/03/2011 6:03:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

oh bullSh*te-some greenie archeologist has a bug up their arse

that’s how it was back then


2 posted on 06/03/2011 6:12:59 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

Bush’s fault...


3 posted on 06/03/2011 6:14:48 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: SunkenCiv

“This mummy [...] lived around 1,800 years ago”

Seems to me it’s wrong to speak as if the “mummy” was the person, you know?


4 posted on 06/03/2011 6:17:02 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: SunkenCiv
The particulates are typically linked to post-industrial activities, such as fossil-fuel burning.

LOL. This guy must not have much experience with wood smoke. Another thing is that primitive people have to huddle right around a fire to keep warm or to cook. Cooking generates lots of particulates. When you fry things, little bits of fat go into the air. Some of them form visible greasy deposits on the windows far away. You're breathing that stuff.

Pollution did not originate with the Industrial Revolution.

5 posted on 06/03/2011 6:17:07 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: SunkenCiv

“The 15 mummified lungs he’s examined so far all showed particulates and the levels of them are not much below what he’d expect in modern-day lungs.

“I would say it would be less than modern day, but not much less,” Montgomerie told LiveScience. This is “quite bizarre if you think about it, considering we have the mass burning of fossil fuels and an awful lot of pollution that has been going on since the industrial revolution.”

—So... why do we have an EPA, again?


6 posted on 06/03/2011 6:17:18 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Them danged grass guzzling, pollution causing, horse farting, horse drawn chariots.
7 posted on 06/03/2011 6:18:57 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor. 15: 1-4; THE gospel of grace spelled out for all the lost. This is the way to Heaven.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xcamel

Global warming alarmists aren’t wrapped too tight.


8 posted on 06/03/2011 6:21:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: JmyBryan

:O) don’t get me wrong i luv gods & glyphs but this research is just ...well, you heard my opinion on the author(s) or the article (not the poster) :)

this must be a slow day in gods & glyphs


9 posted on 06/03/2011 6:26:03 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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:O) don’t get me wrong i luv gods & glyphs but this research is just ...well, you heard my opinion on the author(s) or the article (not the poster) :)

this must be a slow day in gods & glyphs


10 posted on 06/03/2011 6:26:16 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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11 posted on 06/03/2011 6:57:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Qbert

One of the more revealing things is the lack of particulates and air pollution prevalent today. I would not be surprised if this were the healthiest things have ever been. Cities were cesspools.


12 posted on 06/03/2011 7:18:09 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: SunkenCiv; MissDairyGoodnessVT
We were in upper Egypt one day and the wind is blowing about 50 mph. Someone asked the Egyptian driver if the wind always blew this way. He said no, sometimes it blows THE OTHER WAY. He was being serious. I laughed till I cried.

In other news...this must be a slow day in gods & glyphs

MissDairyGoodnessVT: Do you think we really went to the moon?
bigheadfred: No Missd airy, we took LSD remember?

;-)

13 posted on 06/03/2011 7:53:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Is it humor, or cynicasm driven by rage?????)
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To: SunkenCiv

I remember Nightline had a show years ago where archaeologists had dug up lead sealed coffins from the first European settlers in America. They were supposed to do an air analysis to see what the air was like back then. Never heard the results.

I do know that Indians on the West Coast (PNW) burned every inch of their landscape at regular intervals to renew various products they used. (Fiddle grass, hazelnuts, sugar pine, baske making materials etc.) Well documented that the air was thick with smoke from forest fires almost every year where I live in N. CA. (Still is.)

Just heard a presentation on this from Dr. Bob Zybach, PhD Environmental Sciences OSU
http://www.nwmapsco.com/ZybachB/Curriculum_Vitae.htm


14 posted on 06/03/2011 8:04:03 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: bigheadfred

Sorry pal, I’ve never done drugs.

I really can’t make heads or tails out of comment so please explain.


15 posted on 06/03/2011 8:24:42 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: SunkenCiv

omg egytians inhaled


16 posted on 06/03/2011 8:26:05 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT; SunkenCiv
I really can’t make heads or tails out of comment so please explain.

omg egytians inhaled

You win.

LOLOLOL

17 posted on 06/03/2011 8:32:26 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Is it humor, or cynicasm driven by rage?????)
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To: hellbender

Oil is produced my Americans, I just can’t figure out how we get it into Saudi sands.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 8:32:32 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: SunkenCiv

19 posted on 06/03/2011 8:49:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: MaxMax
ER, Was invented by Americans.
20 posted on 06/03/2011 8:51:49 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: bigheadfred

touche


21 posted on 06/03/2011 9:09:28 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: SunkenCiv

i wonder how the author is going to separate the pollution obtained from breathing the smokey air in the hut from the cooking fire from that of any pollution in the outside atmosphere? From my experience with fires and cooking over them, the smoke always follows the cooker.


22 posted on 06/04/2011 7:09:04 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

The indoor cooking was done in the cool times of the day (night, for example), when everyone else was sleeping — indoors. :’) Sleeping outdoors in commoners’ homes was done higher up, even on the roofs, because it was hard to fall sleep inside the houses until the sun had been down a few hours.


23 posted on 06/04/2011 8:29:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

And beauty.


24 posted on 06/04/2011 8:30:37 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT; bigheadfred

Heh heh...

Separated at birth...


25 posted on 06/04/2011 8:34:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

Never mind about the air....I want to know where they got the cocaine and nicotine, eh?


26 posted on 06/04/2011 8:47:32 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

they was growin’ that shite behind the pyramids silly ;0


27 posted on 06/04/2011 9:17:53 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (the kingdom of heaven is within us)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
"they was growin’ that shite behind the pyramids silly ;0 "

Aaah!

I thought they may have been supplied by King Solomon's exiled miners, eh?

28 posted on 06/04/2011 9:57:06 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Me too. Time to find those topics and link back to ‘em, or find new articles for posting...


29 posted on 06/04/2011 5:20:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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