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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Scientists can finally track the civilization's economic booms and recessions -- thanks to the exhaust of its massive coin-making operation, preserved for centuries in Greenland's ice sheet. On Monday, scientists announced the discovery of an entirely new resource that has the potential to remake some of those centuries-old arguments over Roman politics and history. A team of archaeologists, historians, and climate scientists have constructed a history of Rome's lead pollution, which allows them to approximate Mediterranean economic activity from 1,100 b.c. to 800 a.d. They found it hiding thousands of miles from the Roman Forum: deep in the Greenland Ice Sheet, the enormous, miles-thick plate of ice that entombs the North Atlantic island.

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So then, I take it that the ice that is now melting, wasn't there during Roman times, but built up over centuries, encasing information and knowledge which is now useful.

Hooray for the earth!

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-15 06:13 PM | Reply

#1
new ways to analyze ice cores

#2 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 02:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

During the Pax Romana period, generally recognized to be 31 BC to AD 250 the Roman economy and mining of silver and associated lead air pollution was at an all time high, not duplicated until the industrial revolution 1800 years later. So from this can we conclude that a Government policy of issuing silver coins at an accelerated rate, by itself, led to a rise in the standard of living? Or maybe its just a primitive realization of trickle down economics!

Lead emissions are not a perfect record of Roman prosperity, however, because scholars still don't know how Rome thought about its economy. Coins were clearly important: At the height of the Roman Empire, coins were so standardized that the same money could theoretically be used to buy goods, services, and slaves across modern-day Syria, Spain, Italy, and Turkey.

The size of this integrated monetary zone during the Roman Empire is unparalleled in human history. The volume of coinage was larger than any time before or afterward. It reflects the integration of the Roman economy and the level of trade that was going on. Yet for all these coins, it remains unclear how Rome managed its money in a modern sense.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-16 09:15 AM | Reply

it remains unclear how Rome managed its money in a modern sense.
...............................................#3 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

jew bankers

#4 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 10:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

But to refine the question in the article: The Roman Empire issued coins, the kind that Ron Paul likes, because it consists of silver, which has intrinsic value. Who controlled the mines and the issuance of the coin currency? In our society we know private interests control the mines and private Bankers control the currency. In Rome was it the Government which shifted from a form of democracy to dictatorship by emperors or private interests outside of both?

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-16 11:28 AM | Reply

jew bankers... funny but incorrect as jews were a very small minority and modern banks did not exist but money changers and pawn brokers did.

Almost all of Rome's economic activity was slave based. They provided the cheap free labor to drive their economic engine.

The real reason for coinage was to standardize taxiation. Instead of paying the taxman 3 chickens and a cow... you could give him one small silver coin and a few copper ones.

Interestingly, 1 in 10 coins was faked. They mix lead, antimony and zinc along with the gold and silver to shortchange Rome. Impossible to tell without destroying the coin.

That is until Archimedes took a bath, invented the screw and ---------

nah! That's one's waaay tooooo easy....

#6 | Posted by Pegasus at 2018-05-16 11:57 AM | Reply

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that's ----..and not in the good way

#7 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 12:31 PM | Reply

Archimedes invented the steam engine not the----------------- you weirdos LOL

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2018-05-16 12:47 PM | Reply

'----' gets flagged...who in the world would flag that word as offensive. i would assume the same doofus that deleted '-----------' the title of a book on the history of class in the united states. nothin' more tedious than a former smoker or a fascist liberal

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-16 01:00 PM | Reply

FTA: This process filled the air with lead pollution.

Once in the air, these lead emissions did not stay in one place. Instead, it wafted with the winds, eventually blowing into squalls and storms over Greenland. When these storms deposited lead-tainted snow or sleet over the Arctic island, the precipitation fused with the ice sheet and became its newest layer.

And lead in the water systems.

No wonder Rome collapsed. It looks like Republicans were in charge there, too.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-16 02:48 PM | Reply

So then, I take it that the ice that is now melting, wasn't there during Roman times, but built up over centuries, encasing information and knowledge which is now useful.
Hooray for the earth!

#1 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

That's literally not what it means at all. Do you even bother to read or just keep posting directly from Infowars?

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-17 01:51 PM | Reply

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