Lead found in ancient pottery

Earthenware pots containing lead were found in the Iron Age layer of Iran’s Kelardasht Mound, researchers said.

Mehdi Mousavi, head of the research team, said a metal ring found in the earthenware was nearly 95 percent lead, Iran’s Fars news agency reported Thursday.

Finding lead in the Iron Age layer is one of those rare discoveries. It is the first time archaeologists have discovered such a thing, he said.

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