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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Have read a bit more, no further mention of tin, but he does discuss the huge copper mines on the Island of Cyprus. He ties everything into actual archeological digs, naming dates, Archeologists and the significance of their finds in relation to other finds. It is like reading a real life Indiana Jones story. So far he has been concentrating on the Egyptians, but he is going to cover the 6 main civilizations of the period.
    The very NAME of the island of Cyprus is connected to cuprum, the Latin name for copper. [And why the chemical symbol for copper is Cu.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    The very NAME of the island of Cyprus is connected to cuprum, the Latin name for copper. [And why the chemical symbol for copper is Cu.]
    There are still Copper mines on Cyprus? I figured that they would have been mined out centuries ago.

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    He talks about a war between Egypt and the Hittites after the death of King Tut, it seems his widow sent a diplomatic team to the Hittite capitol and requested a son of the king as a husband because Egypt had no male heir. He agreed and sent his 4th son to Egypt with an entourage, the caravan was attacked in route and the son was killed. The king blamed the Egyptians and war ensued....Tut died from an infection contracted after a broken leg....they found the body of the Pharaoh in power when the Hyksos invaded Egypt, his head had been caved in by a battle ax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    There are still Copper mines on Cyprus? I figured that they would have been mined out centuries ago.
    I think they were mined out centuries ago, but were still being mined in Roman times....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    There are still Copper mines on Cyprus? I figured that they would have been mined out centuries ago.
    Turns out, there is STILL some copper mining going on in Cyprus:

    Mining history of Cyprus - Copper mines
    The mining industry of Cyprus was active in the production of minerals of copper, iron pyrite, gold, chromites as well as asbestos fibers.

    Since 1979 the mining industry of Cyprus is in recession because of the exhaustion of the known large and rich copper and iron pyrite ore bodies and the increase of the production cost without proportional increase in the international sale prices of metals.

    The only mining activity that exists today in Cyprus is the copper mine of Skouriotissa which produces, since 1996, copper metal cathodes (99.999%) applying the Acidic Leaching – Solvent Extraction - Electrowinning method (Leaching - SX - EW).

    The mining history of Cyprus has connected the name Cyprus, with the name of copper (Cuprous). The production of copper in Cyprus is going back to forth millennium BC. The Skouriotissa mine may be the oldest operating mine in the world. The ancient Cypriots were not only experienced miners but also skilful metallurgists. They discovered almost all copper ore bodies which have been exploited in modern years, and they were able to recover the rich part of the ore bodies by underground exploitation methods and produce high grade metal copper, called copper talents. The waste of the metallurgical treatment, known as ancient slug, has minimal residues of copper. Ancient slug may usually be found near the copper mines and is protected from the legislation as an ancient monument.

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