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Formulation of a Roman cosmetic

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, November 2004
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Formulation of a Roman cosmetic
Published in
Nature, November 2004
DOI 10.1038/432035a
Pubmed ID

R. P. Evershed, R. Berstan, F. Grew, M. S. Copley, A. J. H. Charmant, E. Barham, H. R. Mottram, G. Brown


The discovery of a small tin canister in London during archaeological excavations of a Roman temple precinct, dated to the middle of the second century AD, is a landmark in the study of this class of artefact. Such discoveries from the Roman world are rare and this is the only one to be found so far with its lid and contents--a whitish medicinal or cosmetic cream--providing a unique opportunity for us to study the ancient formulation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 5%
Spain 1 3%
Egypt 1 3%
Japan 1 3%
Israel 1 3%
Unknown 34 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 10 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 23%
Student > Master 4 10%
Professor 3 8%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 2 5%
Other 9 23%
Unknown 3 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Arts and Humanities 13 33%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 5 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 13%
Chemistry 4 10%
Social Sciences 2 5%
Other 7 18%
Unknown 4 10%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 31. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 August 2020.
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