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Copper mining at Timna

about 5000 BC

In the caving and mining world…One of the mines at Timna Valley

Copper has been mined at Timna since the 6th or 5th millennium BCE. Archaeological excavation indicates that the copper mines in Timna Valley were probably part of the Kingdom of Edom and worked by the Edomites, described as biblical foes of the Israelites, during the 10th century BCE, the period of biblical King Solomon. Mining continued by the Israelites and Nabataeans through to the 1st and 2nd centuries CE during the Roman period, and then, after the 7th-century Arab conquest, by the Ummayad Caliphate, until the copper ore became scarce. [Article downloaded from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timna_Valley]

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