Exploring chronic arsenic poisoning in pre-Columbian Chilean mummies

  title={Exploring chronic arsenic poisoning in pre-Columbian Chilean mummies},
  author={Bernardo Arriaza and Dula Amarasiriwardena and Lorena Cornejo and Vivien Grace Standen and Sam Byrne and Luke Bartkus},
This paper explores to what extent arsenic poisoning affected pre-Columbian northern Chile populations living between Arica and Iquique cities. We hypothesize, the pre-Columbian inhabitants of this region, will show arseniasis according to modern geographic endemic levels. Continuous exposure to high levels of arsenic causes serious health problems. Today, in the Camarones valley, where many Chinchorro people lived, arsenic levels are 100 times above the 10 mg/L recommended by the World Health… CONTINUE READING


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-7 of 7 extracted citations

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…