NOVA "Quest for Solomon's Mines" on WXXI-TV

NOVA "Quest for Solomon's Mines" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 8:00pm

Pictured: John Grattan sits on the edge of a triple-shaft copper mine, dating from the early Iron Age.

Credit: Courtesy of Jeremy Zipple

Illuminating the legend of Solomon and revealing the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdom.

Countless treasure seekers have set off in search of King Solomon’s mines, trekking through burning deserts and scaling the forbidding mountains of Africa and the Levant, inspired by the Bible’s account of splendid temples and palaces adorned in glittering gold and copper. Yet, to date, the evidence that has claimed to support the existence of Solomon and other early kings in the Bible has been highly controversial. In fact, so little physical evidence of the kings who ruled Israel and Edom has been found that many contend that they are no more real than King Arthur.

NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations that illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdoms in "Quest for Solomon's Mine," airing Tuesday, November 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (cable 1011 and 11).. These groundbreaking expeditions expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words “slave,” “king” and “judge." 

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