“To put your hand on the copper supply at that time was really critical. Whoever controlled or tried to monopolize this was in power.” -Dr. Israel Finkelstein
Are these really King Solomon’s copper mines? According to archaeologists Erez Ben-Yosef, Dafna Langgut, and Lidar Sapir-Hen, a copper-mining and smelting complex in Timna, Israel has now been firmly dated to the 10th century BC – the era of King Solomon.
The trio of archaeologists announced their findings in the latest issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
“…the results of this study shed new light on the Iron Age society engaged in copper production in Timna (probably early Edom), further stressing its complexity and centralized organization, as well as its involvement in inter-regional trade. The gatehouse and walls also indicate substantial investment in deterrence and defense, reflecting a period of instability and military threat in 10th c. BCE Timna.”
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