Postmortem absorption of lead by the skeleton.

  title={Postmortem absorption of lead by the skeleton.},
  author={Harry Arthur Waldron},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={55 3},
In a study of bones recovered from lead coffins at two sties in the United Kingdom, the lead concentration was so high that postmortem absorption seemed the most likely explanation. Electron probe analysis showed that in one bone from a lead coffin, the lead was concentrated on the surfaces of the bone, as would be expected if absorption had occurred after death. It is suggested that in any further study of the lead content of bones from archaeological sites, steps must be taken to assess… CONTINUE READING