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I. Middle East and Egypt

Flint rubble was quarried from terraces of the Nile more than 33,000 years ago. There is evidence for neolithic flint extraction in Israel (Mosad Mazza). The greatest prehistoric mining accident happened in an Anatolian cinnabar mine, where more than 50 people were buried alive. In the 3rd and 2nd millennia Egyptian expeditions mined turquoise underground i…

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Weisgerber, Gerd (Bochum), “Mining”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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