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Searching for the Lost City of Copper [Enkomi, Cyprus]
National Geographic History magazine ^ | March/April 2017 | unattributed

Posted on 10/31/2017 4:25:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

"To the King of Egypt, my brother. Thus says the King of Alashiya, your brother: ... Send your messenger along with my messenger quickly and all the copper that you desire I will send you." ...these words are from the collection of tablets known as the Amarna Correspondence, a cache of diplomatic exchanges discovered in the late 19th century. Historians identify the king of Egypt as Akhenaten, but who was writing to him? And where was Alashiya? Many historians feel that the most likely candidate for copper-rich Alashiya is in Cyprus. But the story of identifying the lost city near the modern-day Cypriot village of Enkomi is filled with archaeological blunders and near misses. It is now known that during the Late Bronze Age... the Enkomi site was one of Cyprus's significant cities, a center of the copper trade, which was the island's main source of wealth... Much of the puzzle of Enkomi was finally pieced together under the team led by French archaeologist Claude F. A. Schaeffer. Educated at Strasbourg and Oxford, Schaeffer excavated in 1929 the ancient city of Ugarit, located on the Syrian coast opposite Cyprus. The abundance of Cypriot material found there led him to explore the ancient cultural ties between Ugarit and Cyprus. Schaeffer would later direct the long-running archaeological expedition in Enkomi until 1970, assisted by Porphyrios Dikaios, curator and later director of the Cypriot Department of Antiquities.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: caphtor; cyprus; enkomi; godsgravesglyphs
Enkomi from the air. The Late Bronze Age site is located near Famagusta in Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus. Photograph by Georg Gerster, Age Fotostock

Searching for the Lost City of Copper

1 posted on 10/31/2017 4:25:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: 75thOVI; Abathar; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

One of *those* topics.




2 posted on 10/31/2017 4:36:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

3 posted on 10/31/2017 4:36:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

They should write a book “The Lost City of C”


4 posted on 10/31/2017 4:42:40 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob
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5 posted on 10/31/2017 4:44:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Or even “The Lostt Flat of C”.


6 posted on 10/31/2017 4:46:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

Civ...stuff like this is one reason you were missed. Thanks for posting it.


7 posted on 10/31/2017 4:50:03 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Maxine Waters for House Minority Leader!!)
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Maybe this will show the pic: .
CAPTION

8 posted on 10/31/2017 4:53:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Artemis Webb

My pleasure, and thanks for the kind remarks!


9 posted on 10/31/2017 4:53:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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Oh for ****’s sake. Click on this link, and the one up there will show. Or should. Or maybe I’m the only one having this problem.

http://www.postradar.net/img/121193.jpg


10 posted on 10/31/2017 5:03:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wonder when the aerial picture of the site was taken. When I was there in 2015, the site was completely overgrown with weeds, though you could make out the outlines of the foundation ruins. I had the entire site to myself. They warn you against walking off the established paths because there are many old wells and other unmarked holes, where people have fallen in and gotten seriously injured.


11 posted on 10/31/2017 6:05:41 AM PDT by Parmenio
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s a remarkable industrial center plus a cultural center.


12 posted on 10/31/2017 6:38:00 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SunkenCiv
Sorry but this still is not working.

"What happened? The owner of this website (www.postradar.net) does not allow hotlinking to that resource (/img/121193.jpg).

Still, very happy to see you back!

13 posted on 10/31/2017 6:50:57 AM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Perhaps the name “Cyprus” is related to the metal:

Merriam Webster’s gives the following etymology for copper:
Cyprus (anciently renowned for its copper mines) > Latin cuprum > Old-English caper / copor > English copper.

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/etymology-of-cyprus.766931/


14 posted on 10/31/2017 7:03:44 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: AdmSmith

That’s the usual take on it, yup.

http://tenaya.cs.dartmouth.edu/history/bronze_age/lessons/22.html

Because of the paintings in the Egyptian tomb of Rekhmire where the carriers of such ingots are labelled as “men of Keftiu”, it has been assumed that the principal carriers of such ingots were Minoans or possibly Mycenaeans... Vassos Karageorghis, the director of the Cypriot Antiquities Service, feels that the copper industry on Late Bronze Age Cyprus was entirely contolled by the Cypriots.

http://www.varchive.org/ce/baalbek/caphtor.htm

I prefer Cyprus as the biblical Caphtor and the Egyptian Keftiu. If Caphtor is not Cyprus, then the Old Testament completely omits reference to this large island close to the Syrian coast. The phonetics of the name also point to Cyprus. Separately I show that Tarshish was the name of Crete.

https://www.varchive.org/nldag/tarshish.htm

The identities of the first two countries mentioned by Esarhaddon are known: Iadanan is Cyprus and Iaman is the Ionian coast of Asia Minor; the location of Tarshishi, however, became the subject of some debate, for this statement by Esarhaddon is the only time the name appears in any Assyrian text. It was noted that “Tarshishi” has the determinative mãt for “country” in front of it, as do Idanana, or Cyprus and Iaman, or Ionia. The only clue to its location was its being described as a kingdom “amidst the sea”, apparently somewhat farther removed from Assyria than either Cyprus or Ionia... In 1914 D. D. Luckenbill ventured that “Knossos, for Crete, would fit better.” Three years later B. Meissner made a fresh examination of the cuneiform tablet and found that the original transliteration of the name had been mistaken, and that “Tar-shi-shi” was the correct reading.... Had Tarshishi been a city the name would have been preceded by the determinative URU; however, as mentioned above, it has mãt for “country”... Clearly Tarsisi was farther west than either Cyprus or Ionia. These criteria are filled admirably by Crete.


15 posted on 11/01/2017 10:15:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks, it is very plausible. Now, let us identify the Tin islands https://theodora.com/encyclopedia/c/cassiterides.html

a mistaken identity or Cornwall?


16 posted on 11/02/2017 1:08:51 PM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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