Tuesday, 11 April 2017

New Clues to Mystery of King Solomon's Mines

Donkey manure preserved for millennia by the arid climate of Israel’s Timna Valley is adding fresh fuel to a debate about the biblical king Solomon and the source of his legendary wealth. Archaeologists discovered the 3,000-year-old dung in an ancient mining camp atop a sandstone mesa known as Slaves’ Hill. The area is dotted with copper mines and smelting camps—sites where the ore was heated and turned into metal.
The latest findings indicate that the site was not only part of King Solomon’s mine system, but also a major hub for copper production. They discovered a stone gatehouse featuring platforms, defensive fortifications and secret passageways which was apparently used to protect and transport the copper mined on the site. Copper was an extremely precious resource at the time of Solomon’s rule (970-931 BC).
In the Bible, King Solomon was known for his wisdom and his extreme wealth. According to Kings I, he had 12,000 horses, 1,400 chariots, 700 wives and 300 concubines.