Mon. Oct 18th, 2021
 
New Research Finds The Secrets Of King Soloman's Wealth

New Research Finds The Secrets Of King Soloman’s Wealth

The Middle East, especially the area that includes Israel, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt are full of ancient artefacts. Much of Israel’s deserts have provided archaeological teams dozens of items from hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. One such find, with Bedouin goat herders discovering a series of manuscripts, happened in the 1940s.

 

The texts found in Qumran, written on papyrus and parchment, were later named the Dead Sea Scrolls. They were found in 11 caves between 1947 and 1956. The Biblical writings on the scrolls went back as far back as the eighth century BCE.

 

The Timna Valley is further south than Qumran, deep in the Israeli desert. Archaeological teams have been digging there since 1964. Starting from the mid-1960s, researchers who have been working there “have discovered a network of mines, believed to have been worked by slaves under King Solomon.

New Research Finds The Secrets Of King Soloman’s Wealth

New Research Finds The Secrets Of King Soloman's Wealth
New Research Finds The Secrets Of King Soloman’s Wealth

 

Tel Aviv University’s professor Erez Ben-Yosef has figured that 3,000 years ago, during Solomon’s rule, production at the site was thriving.

 

Contrary to what one would expect, however, the mines are not filled with gold or silver, but copper. Ben-Yosef points to indications around the site that suggest mass copper production.

 

Displaying a piece of black rock in his hands, Ben-Yousef says “All of the black material is slag, it’s waste from the furnaces.

 

“This is very important evidence for the ancient copper production in Timna.”

 

The significance of the find is that it shows copper was available as a most in-demand commodity in ancient times. Nowadays it is a common commodity but at the time it was not.

 

Prof Ben-Yosef went on to say that Copper, at this particular time in history, was the most important economic resource. According to Dr Mohammad Najjar, from Friends of Archaeology of Jordan, copper 3,000 years ago was what crude oil is now, an unsubstitutable and valuable commodity.

 

He says: “Because you cannot do without oil, and at that time you couldn’t do without copper.”

 

Researchers point out that copper “was at the heart of a radical turning point in human history.” For the first time, people were “extracting metals from rock and turning them into tools and weapons.”

 

Najjar calls the moment a “quantum leap” as humans started to manufacture their materials. Copper was the first metal to be worked by humans.

Subhangee Guha

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