Tuesday, January 27, 2009

King Solomon’s Mines

For many years, Levy has been interested in the role of metallurgy in civilization, and he has studied this topic in digs around the world. At the same time, biblical scholars and archaeologists have speculated about the origins of “King Solomon’s Mines,” made famous by a 19th century novel of the same name although never proven to exist during the time period mentioned in the Bible.

Using digital archaeology and high precision radio-carbon dating, Levy and his team of scientists have excavated the largest copper-production center in the Holy Land that dates to the 10th century B.C.—the time of the reigns of Solomon and King David. The discoveries were recently revealed in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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