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UCSD professor reveals evidence about King Solomon's mines
sandiegonewsroom ^ | 23 Nov 2010 | Claire Harlin

Posted on 11/25/2010 8:49:58 AM PST by smokingfrog

LA JOLLA — The existence of King Solomon has been a topic of debate and intrigue for countless treasure-seekers and researchers, and an anthropologist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has uncovered evidence suggesting that the ancient king’s splendid, copper- and gold-adorned palaces — as described in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) — may very well have existed.

Thomas Levy, a UCSD professor of anthropology and Judaic studies, has pioneered three highly sophisticated digging excavations in an area called Khirbat en-Nahas, located in southern Jordan, attracting the attention of NOVA/National Geographic Television, which sent a crew to Jordan with him last fall. The resulting documentary about Levy’s findings, “NOVA: Quest for Solomon’s Mines,” airs this Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. on PBS.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archeology; bible; godsgravesglyphs; israel; kingsolomon; letshavejerusalem; solomon; solomonsmines; thomaslevy
I missed the show.

Did anyone see it? If so, what did you think about it?

1 posted on 11/25/2010 8:50:03 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

I pretty much haven’t watched TV in 2-3 years, but PBS is one of those channels that will repeat shows. Check your local PBS station’s schedule. I’ll bet you can catch it soon.


2 posted on 11/25/2010 8:57:51 AM PST by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: smokingfrog

Yes I saw it. Interesting show. There was a sort of dark ages in the years around and before King David I think having to do with the volcano that is suspected of being the Atlantis and all the large empires were destroyed. In any case there was definitely a large scale mining operation in King Solomon’s time and they now have evidence of large fortresses. I think the only thing that’s still unknown is just how large and wealthy King Solomon’s empire really was.


3 posted on 11/25/2010 9:03:29 AM PST by bkepley
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To: smokingfrog
has uncovered evidence suggesting that the ancient king’s splendid, copper- and gold-adorned palaces — as described in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) — may very well have existed.

It/he DID exist!! The richest man that ever lived. However, I didn't watch the show - they are thousands of years behind with their news. ;)
4 posted on 11/25/2010 9:05:20 AM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: smokingfrog; sayuncledave
Here you go guys (you can watch it whenever you want on PBS's website):

Quest for Solomon's Mines

5 posted on 11/25/2010 9:18:10 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: smokingfrog

What’s PBS?


6 posted on 11/25/2010 9:30:55 AM PST by airedale
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To: airedale
What’s PBS?

Isn't that one of them there wimmin's things? Ya know...makes 'em all nasty once a month.

7 posted on 11/25/2010 9:32:25 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (NASA? Muslims? Muslims will want to go to the moon only when Israel sets up shop there.)
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To: smokingfrog
Did anyone see it? If so, what did you think about it?

They showed evidence of an artifact from the time of King David and Solomon that had writing in Caananite letters but the words were Hebrew showing that there was a Hebrew kingdom in the area at that time.

8 posted on 11/25/2010 9:43:00 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: airedale

“What’s PBS?”

Public Bull Shiite.


9 posted on 11/25/2010 10:12:28 AM PST by max americana
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To: max americana

Exactly.


10 posted on 11/25/2010 10:18:11 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: vbmoneyspender

This is a fascinating show. It shows clearly where real wealth has been generated for the few thousand years - from those able to use technology to exploit natural resources. In this case it was copper production.

The vast wealth of King Solomon came from gritty mines and smelters burning huge quantities of charcoal (carbon) and leaving behind giant slag heaps.

When we look at the cultural wonders of the world, we should always remember that the art, the literature, the architecture, are only made possible by wealth created by ingenuity of the human mind utilizing the world’s resources. Turn off the source of wealth and the culture dies.


11 posted on 11/25/2010 10:35:01 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: smokingfrog

USCD professor reveals King Solomon’s Mines
has been declared a Mosque by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)


12 posted on 11/25/2010 10:36:02 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: BigBobber

Maybe not:

http://www.juliansimon.com/writings/Ultimate_Resource/


13 posted on 11/25/2010 10:37:42 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: SJackson; SunkenCiv

All that glitters ping.


14 posted on 11/25/2010 10:55:02 AM PST by decimon
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To: smokingfrog
Just watched it here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/quest-solomons-mines.html

There is a streaming link.

It was pretty good. Pretty fair (for PBS after all)

Comments?

15 posted on 11/25/2010 11:34:03 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit)
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To: smokingfrog

“The Existence of King Solomon has been a topic of debate.”

When a story starts out with a sentence like that, I dismiss it. Is it because that Jesus was a descendant of King David that someone is trying to make the existence of David’s son debatable? The Bible is quite specific on both David and Solomon. Plus, most of Israel’s history as told in the Bible has been verified.

Did Solomon actually have mines? Maybe yes, and maybe no. What the Bible clearly states it that Solomon taxed the people very heavily, to the point that by the end of his reign, he became rather unpopular. Further, his son, Rehoboam was advised by the elders to lower taxes. Instead, he followed the advise of his young advisors and raised taxes. The end result was that the north revolted, the kingdom was split in two, and Rehoboam was left with only Benjamin and Judah.


16 posted on 11/25/2010 11:46:02 AM PST by CdMGuy
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To: smokingfrog

The Moslems will invent some way to claim them for Mohamad. Just wait...


17 posted on 11/25/2010 11:52:10 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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18 posted on 11/25/2010 11:52:19 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: smokingfrog

Quck. Get the PA on the horn so they can claim it’s really a Mosque.


19 posted on 11/26/2010 5:19:44 AM PST by Eleutheria5 ( They cry "Piece, piece." And there is no peace.)
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[snip] Meanwhile, 30 miles south of the Dead Sea in Jordan, a University of California, San Diego professor named Thomas Levy has spent the past eight years excavating a vast copper-smelting operation at Khirbat en Nahas. Levy dates one of the biggest periods of copper production at the site to the tenth century B.C. — which, according to the biblical narrative, is when David’s antagonists the Edomites dwelled in this region. (However, scholars like Finkelstein maintain that Edom did not emerge until two centuries later.) The very existence of a large mining and smelting operation fully two centuries before Finkelstein’s camp maintains the Edomites emerged would imply complex economic activity at the exact time that David and Solomon reigned. “It’s possible that this belonged to David and Solomon,” Levy says of his discovery. “I mean, the scale of metal production here is that of an ancient state or kingdom.” [unsnip]


20 posted on 11/26/2010 5:27:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Thanks!


21 posted on 11/26/2010 5:28:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims


22 posted on 11/26/2010 5:29:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Isn’t if funny how they make these claims even though Islam didn’t exist until 700 AD?


23 posted on 11/26/2010 5:31:55 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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24 posted on 11/26/2010 5:35:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I think you’re a little too demanding regarding the whole “making coherent sense” peccadillo. ;’)


25 posted on 11/26/2010 5:37:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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26 posted on 11/26/2010 5:48:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Yeah, and Adam was a Muslim, too.

Adam in the Qur'an According to the Qur'an, God created Adam, the first human, out of clay[3] and commanded the angels to bow to Adam. Satan refused out of pride and was banished from Jannah (Heaven).[4][5]

In Heaven, Satan lured Adam and Eve into disobeying God by tasting from the forbidden tree. God, as a punishment, sends Adam and Eve to earth,[6][7] arriving first at mountain peaks outside Mecca; Adam on Safa, and Eve on Marwa.

In this account, Adam repented for 40 days, at which point God forgave him,[2] rewarded him by sending down the Black Stone and teaching him the hajj. The Qur'an also describes the two sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel.[8][9]

27 posted on 11/26/2010 6:01:51 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: A Satanically Transmitted Disease spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus)
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To: vbmoneyspender; SunkenCiv
The PBS documentary is superb and very worth watching.

In tone it could be a little less dramatic and focus more on the archaeological facts, but it is really really good.

28 posted on 11/27/2010 7:16:27 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: BigBobber
"Turn off the source of wealth and the culture dies"

An astute point that should be drilled into every liberal arts college major every day.
29 posted on 11/27/2010 9:22:46 AM PST by KamperKen
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To: smokingfrog

The ships that went out to collect gold for Solomon were gone three years and returned with fine gold, apes, peacocks, and a rare wood for making musical intruments never before seen in Israel. The Philippines has all these things and a lot of the islands in the South Pacific were settled in Solomon’s time. The Philippines has the finest placer gold, the finest wood for instruments (Philippine Ebony), the most sought after peacock (a blue colored one from the west island), and small apes.

Jordan?...No way. One wouldn’t take a Tarshish ship to Jordan, obviously.


30 posted on 11/27/2010 9:38:58 AM PST by Partisan Gunslinger
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To: Partisan Gunslinger

That’s an interesting thought.


31 posted on 11/27/2010 10:29:24 AM PST by smokingfrog ( ><}}}}}}(0>)
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To: smokingfrog

I saw it. Pretty interesting stuff when you consider the evidence of large scale copper mining/smelting as evidence of a functioning kingdom of some sort.

As usual in the Holy Land, bring any two scholars together for a discussion on Holy Writ Vs. Holy Fiction and you’ll get a rancorous argument where the only thing the two sides will agree on is that a third faction’s theory is blasphemmous bullshit.

Right now, the Holy Fiction faction (Bible is apochryful tales of desert tribes) is apparently more popular/powerful among archeologists than the Holy Writ faction (archeology proving Biblical tales as true)

Personally, I’m a romantic and if they ever find a carving on the wall of a palace in Ur that reads: “mene, mene, tekel, upharsin” I’m not going to theorize that it was written by some bureaucrat in charge of weights and measures.


32 posted on 11/27/2010 9:10:34 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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