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Scientists Just Discovered a Major Part of King Solomon’s 3,000-Year-Old Mines

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« on: January 30, 2017, 08:13:37 pm »

Scientists Just Discovered a Major Part of King Solomon’s 3,000-Year-Old Mines

A team of Tel Aviv University archaeologists recently made a discovery of Biblical proportions, which may reveal the true location of King Solomon’s legendary mines.

The group, whose research appears in this month’s Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, explored a region of the Tinma Valley in Israel that is often referrred to as “Slaves’ Hill,” because when American archaeologist Nelson Glueck discovered the site in 1934 he believed it was an Iron Age slave camp

But since 2014, team leader Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef and his colleagues have worked to debunk this theory—they found remnants of the inhabitants’ food and clothing (preserved by the desert conditions) which pointed toward evidence of a more hierarchical, military society. Israel was involved in several military conflicts at this point in history, most famously the Biblical account of King David (Solomon’s predecessor) smiting 18,000 enemy soldiers in the Valley of Salt.

“Historical accuracy of the Old Testament accounts is debated, but archaeology can no longer be used to contradict them,” Ben-Yosef told Sci-News.

The team’s latest findings indicate that the site was not only part of King Solomon’s mine system, but also a large 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).

“The gatehouse and walls…indicate substantial investment in deterrence and defense, reflecting a period of instability and military threat,” Ben-Yosef said.

Scientists also discovered livestock pens in the complex, along with intact animal bone and dung samples (Ben-Yosef noted the “extraordinary preservation of organic materials”). After analyzing these elements, along with pollen, seed and fauna found on the site, they determined the animals were fed hay and grape pomace, high quality sustenance which would have given them energy on long trading journeys.

“The food suggests special treatment and care, in accordance with…a logistically challenging region,” Ben-Yosef said.

According to the report, the discovery of copper’s important role in this community adds credence to the theory that it was an important part of King Solomon’s empire and not simply slave quarters.

“The results of our study shed new light on the Iron Age society engaged in copper production…further stressing its complexity and centralized organization, as well as its involvement in inter-regional trade,” the archaeologists said.

http://observer.com/2017/01/scientists-just-discovered-a-major-part-of-king-solomons-3000-year-old-mines/
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Discovery of 3,000-Year-Old Donkey Dung Validates Biblical Account of King Solomon

 A new archaeological discovery has validated the Bible’s account of King Solomon’s riches and wealth.

Although ancient donkey dung may be the least thing we may expect to hold historical secrets, that is exactly what archaeologists have been analyzing to learn more about the time period of the biblical kings David and Solomon.

An article in National Geographic reveals that the ancient manure was preserved by the arid climate of Israel’s Timna Valley.

Archaeologists discovered the 3,000-year-old dung in an ancient mining camp, in an area filled with copper mines where ore used to be heated to turn into metal. This backs the biblical account referencing King Solomon’s vast wealth, much of which likely came from these mines.

“We thought maybe some nomads had camped there with their goats a few decades ago,” said archaeologist Erez Ben-Yosef said. “But the [radiocarbon] dates came back from the lab, and they confirmed we were talking about donkeys and other livestock from the 10th century B.C. It was hard to believe.”

Another interesting thing archaeologists discovered was that the dung samples contained seeds and pollen spores that helped researchers determine the animals’ diet. This revealed that their feed had been imported from more than 100 miles away, near the Mediterranean coast.

“Until recently we had almost nothing from this period in this area,” Ben-Yosef said. “But now we not only know that this was a source of copper, but also that it’s from the days of King David and his son Solomon.”

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/discovery-of-3-000-year-old-donkey-dung-validates-biblical-account-of-king-solomon.html
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