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 . . .
Levy, also the associate director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), wasn’t looking for King Solomon’s mines at first. He was actually researching the role of ancient technology on the evolution of society. But what he found in Jordan was groundbreaking – thousands of tons of slag, a by-product of smelting ore, and different types of blowpipes.
Using the process of radiocarbon dating, his team discovered there was industrial-scale metal production of copper precisely in 10th century BC. “It would have been like the Pittsburg of Palestine,” said Levy.
Maybe H. Rider Haggard was right after all . . . (he just got the location wrong).