When and Where Did the Use of Lead Originate?
Researchers have pored through endless artifacts and records, until they arrived at the conclusion that lead metal was an integral part of human civilizations, as they progressed through thousands of years.
Studies have shown that under the Roman Empire, lead was an important metal because of the ease and durability by which it could be used as construction material, particularly for water pipes in their plumbing systems. The chemical symbol Pb, stands for the Latin word “plumbum" which meant lead and that the words “plumbing system" refer to the intricate water pipe structures where water coming from reservoirs will pass through for distribution .
The vast use of lead in ancient human societies was wide placed since this metal was also used for glazing pottery, for inventing cosmetics and even for wine-making. In fact, Roman winemakers insisted on lining their copper pots and kettles with lead, not only for its sweetening effect but to throw-off the unpleasant taste of copper as well.
The Roman Empire was not the only civilization to have used lead, in as much as artifacts coming from earlier Turkish, Babylonian, Egyptian, Assyrian, Grecian and Chinese empires provided proof that lead was an important metal for their art and warfare. Soldered lead was used to fasten nuts and bolts that secured the main entrances to their fortresses, while armor, mallets and even fist knuckles were fashioned out of this versatile metal. (This is aside from their common uses similar to that of the Roman civilization.)