Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Copper Mines from Time of Solomon

Recently Dr. Thomas Levy of the University of California at San Diego was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.  In conjunction with that, he published an article in their journal (abstract here) about his work at Khirbet en-Nahas, including his belief that the copper mines were in operation here during the time that the Bible records King Solomon as mining copper.  Lots of new sources and blogs have made a big deal out of the story, and while it is a good story, it is not a new story.  If you haven’t read about it before, or if you need a refresher, by all means read it again.  But if it all sounds familiar, you know why (NY Times 2006 article here; see also article in a recent issue of Biblical Archaeology Review). 

The university press release is here.  There’s a good 12-minute video made by the university  (with dozens of BiblePlaces.com photos used without even a kind mention of their source).  You can find many more articles by searching for “Levy copper mines.”

Kh en-Nahas overview to nw, df080207181dxo
Khirbet en-Nahas, view from southeast

Kh en-Nahas Area S, Iron Age four-room workshop, view ne, df080207014dxo
Khirbet en-Nahas, Iron Age workshop

Kh en-Nahas slag remains on surface, df080207332dxo
Copper slag remains on surface

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  • So how much does a piece of slag like that weigh?

    By Blogger A.D. Riddle, at Tue Oct 28, 04:08:00 PM  

  • The slag is comparable to rock on the denser end of the spectrum. Like a tough limestone.
    So the piece in the last photo: idunno, 7-8 lbs?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Oct 28, 05:46:00 PM  

  • http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct25/0,4670,MLIsraelHolySepulcher,00.html

    Todd -- Check out this article, sent to me by David Rentz, IBEX 97. The ladder is mentioned in the last paragraph. And the legend goes on...

    Andy Glatfelter

    By Blogger Unknown, at Tue Oct 28, 10:48:00 PM  

  • Yes, this is slag, but a natural impact slag which was the source of the copper, not the resulting waste slag after processing. The density gives it away. Processed 'industrial' slag has low density after the extraction of the metals, whereas this material approaches the density of hematite. The very same impact slag exists in the new world in Southeastern Pennsylvania.


    By Blogger Dave19128, at Sun Jan 15, 02:30:00 PM  

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