29 October 2008

King Solomon's Mines

There's no such thing as a horrid looking baby. Same goes for archaeological finds. Even if people try and link it to religious books and such.

Excerpt from the article in question:

Led by Thomas Levy of UC San Diego and Mohammad Najjar of Jordan's Friends of Archaeology, an international team of archaeologists has excavated an ancient copper-production center at Khirbat en-Nahas down to virgin soil, through more than 20 feet of industrial smelting debris, or slag. The 2006 dig has brought up new artifacts and with them a new suite of radiocarbon dates placing the bulk of industrial-scale production at Khirbat en-Nahas in the 10th century BCE – in line with biblical narrative on the legendary rule of David and Solomon.

I just get somewhat annoyed when people link history or science to either religious sentiments or sensationalism (the virgin shark birth haunts me to this day).

What's wrong with reading something for the sake of knowledge?

Eureka Alert