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King Solomon's Metallurgy: Early Iron Age (∽1200-800 BCE) Copper Production Technologies in Timna Valley (Israel)

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Timna Valley, one of the best preserved ancient copper ore districts in the world, contains dozens of mining and smelting sites that represent more than six millennia of copper exploitation. In recent years and as part of Tel Aviv University’s Central Timna Valley Project, we have conducted surveys, excavations and analytical studies in order to better understand technological developments and associated social processes in the region. In this presentation we will focus on the early Iron Age (~1200-800 BCE ) – a period of intense copper production at the time when the local biblical kingdoms of Edom and ancient Israel emerged – with emphasis on smelting practices and other technological achievements. More on the project: http://archaeology.tau.ac.il/ben-yosef/CTV/

This talk is part of the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy Seminar Series series.

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