ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH NO.793

SOLOMON'S TREASURE FOUND

Yes, where is this precious treasure?

* What happened to the hidden gold of Solomon’s Temple?
* Has the most priceless artifact on earth – the Ark of the Covenant - now been found?
* Is its location really known?

The truth will stagger you! So much so, that the host government walks on a knife edge. So you won’t see it yet.

And linked with these tantalising questions, are others:

* Did Phoenician ships really come to the Americas?
* Where did King Solomon get his gold?
* What was the SINGLE stated reason that his magnificent Temple was constructed?

And you can bury the critics.

PHOENICIAN VOYAGES

Do you want the truth? Navigation across open ocean was no problem to these explorers.

Due to the insufficient attention paid to this aspect of the subject, we have tended to belittle the size and sophistication of Phoenician shipping.

There is evidence that they had the benefit of sophisticated instruments and large, fast, modern vessels carrying over 500 people. This will be a surprise to many readers.

SILVER AS CHEAP AS STONES

Anyway, suddenly, in the 10th century BC we find gold and silver in such abundance in Jerusalem that Israel’s king Solomon “made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones for abundance.” So reports the Hebrew book of 1 Kings. (ch.10:27)

And why? "... for the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.” (v. 22)

Hiram was a Phoenician king. And the Israelites and Phoenicians were allies. They sent out global expeditions together.

There can be no question that the peacocks came from south-East Asia. But whence the abundance of silver?

OUR WOEFUL MODERN IGNORANCE

Because of the depth of ignorance into which Europe fell during the Dark Ages, at times we are apt to forget how advanced were the ideas of the ancients, and how much they knew about the earth and about astronomy and navigation.

Harvard professor Barry Fell concurs. (“America BC: Ancient Settlers in the New World”, p.88)

Hands on researchers in South America are firmly convinced that the Phoenicians traded with South America. Today there is a whole library full of their reports. The Phoenicians even left inscriptions there.

KING SOLOMON’S RIVER

It now appears that the Americas were the source of much of the gold and silver that found its way to Solomon’s temple.

There is good reason to believe that the ships of King Solomon (975-935 BC) had once come to the Amazon; that the gold countries of Ophir, Tarshish and Parvaim were NOT to be looked for in the Old World at all, BUT HERE in the Amazon region on the Rio Solimoes, Solomon’s River.

But that is another subject (and it is covered in my book “Ark of the Covenant”).

SOLOMON – FACT OR FABLE?

By the way, has anyone told you that Solomon never existed? Well, you can lay that idea to rest. Here are just a few reasons why:

* Israeli geologists announced on January 12, 2003 that they had examined a stone tablet dating to 800 BC which detailed repair plans for the Jewish Temple of King Solomon. Tests confirmed it to be authentic.

* Independently kept copies of a treaty that King Solomon made with Hiram, king of the Phoenician city of Tyre were preserved by the Phoenicians.

* An independent Ethiopian epic, the “Kebra Nagast”, written about 850 BC, tells the story of an Ethiopian queen’s visit to King Solomon of Israel and of the enormous riches and gifts that he showered upon her.

* An ancient record in Srinagar, India, declares that Solomon visited there.

* A monument inscription found in 1984 on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba bears King Solomon’s name.

You can believe it. Solomon was real.

CRITICS OUT OF DATE

Biblical writings have come under attack from some critics.

These critics, acting with woefully incomplete information, have simply rushed to judgement.

About 150 years ago, there was virtually no modern biblical archaeology to “test” their assertions.

The critics did not know that hundreds of later historical and archaeological discoveries would support the Bible’s accuracy. And in surprising detail.

Today, there is no excuse. From numerous independent records we know that the people, places and events the biblical writers wrote about, were real.

From a hands-on field archaeologist, here is the bottom line.Time and continued research have demonstrated that historically the Bible is better informed than its critics.

SOLOMON’S MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE

The tremendous wealth that poured into Israel from these global expeditions can be appreciated to some extent when we reflect on the magnificence of Solomon’s Temple.

It has been calculated that this famous building contained 86 tons of gold and 126 tons of silver.

INCREDIBLE CONSTRUCTION METHOD

And the technological expertise involved was ingenious.

The first book of Kings reports that it "was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.” (1 Kings 6:7)

SIZE AND BEAUTY

Can you imagine it? Some of those massive stones were as long as a bus... from 10 to 40 feet long by 6 feet wide. One of them at least weighed approximately 445 tons.

They were pre-cut, then transported from the quarry and slid into place so accurately that it would be difficult to find the seams.

The splendour of Solomon’s Temple would defy comprehension.

Nowhere on the face of this planet did a structure of such size and beauty command the awe of man.

Travellers from many lands would travel great distances just to set eyes on this Temple, never to be disappointed.

Its array of shining metals and precious stones was dazzling beyond belief.

This enormous Temple featured planks of cedar and cypress - fir trees hand-crafted to expose their elegant grains.

The entire structure was overlaid on the inside with gold. Precious stones of onyx and marble were seen in abundance.

Silver, brass and iron were used in the Temple. Outer courtyards and inner chambers were adorned with high-reaching palm trees and colourful flowers.

Using modern equipment capable of determining very precisely the isotopic content of different metals, it has been shown that the lead used in drainpipes in the area of Solomon’s Temple came from the Mendip Hills in Somerset, Britain.

This type of analysis is made possible because lead samples from different locations contain varying amounts of the isotopes of lead, resulting from the decay of radioactive materials.

Similarly with tin. The Temple was adorned with plenty of bronze, and this alloy was made by adding tin to copper in the smelting. The presence of tin caused the copper to become much harder and less easily tarnished.

Tests show that it was British tin that was used by Solomon. The date was about 1000 BC.

MYSTERIOUS TECHNOLOGY USED

Two cast pillars of brass stood boldly at the entrance.According to an old tradition, the two great pillars were hollow. Stored inside them, according to the same tradition, were "ancient records" and "valuable writings" pertaining to the past of the Hebrew people.

And included among these records had been information on something known as the shamir. (Alexander Home, “King Solomon’s Temple in Masonic Tradition”, p.219)

You may wonder, what was this mysterious shamir?

Moses had instructed his people not to use "any iron tool" in the construction of the holy places.

And Solomon likewise directed that no hammers, axes or chisels should be used to cut and dress the stone blocks with which the Temple would be built.

Instead, according to Jewish sources, he provided the workmen with an ancient device called the shamir, that had been used in the time of Moses to engrave writing on the precious stones of the high priest’s breastplate. (Louis Ginsberg, “The Legends of the Jews”, vol I, p.34 and vol. IV, p.166)

Known as "the stone that splits rocks," the shamir was capable of cutting the toughest materials without friction or heat. This included "the remarkable property of cutting the hardest of diamonds".

There must have been something special about the shamir, for it was said:

“The shamir may not be put in an iron vessel for safekeeping, nor in any metal vessel: it would burst such a receptacle asunder. It is kept wrapped up in a woolen cloth, and this in turn is placed in a lead basket filled with barley bran.”With the destruction of the Temple the shamir vanished.

Islamic traditions concerning the shamir parallelled those of the Jews, with the additional statement that it had been quite noiseless while it was at work.

VOTAN’S TRIP TO MEDITERRANEAN

From the other side of the world we have the record of Votan,the first historian of the Maya, who lived around 1000 BC. Votan had come originally from the Phoenician city of Chivim, on the eastern Mediterranean coast.

He records that he later made four or more visits to his former home.

On one of these trips he visited a great city wherein a magnificent Temple was in the course of construction, thought by a number of researchers to have been Jerusalem.

Was it Solomon’s Temple that visitors from as far away as the Americas came to see? Possibly. According to other ancient records, "all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom.”

BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ARK

Why did King Solomon build his famous Temple? Would you have guessed this?: It was for one purpose - to house the Ark of the Covenant! That reason was actually given in the records they left behind.

That magnificent Temple of fabulous wealth and world renown was specifically conceived and built, for what purpose, but to enshrine the Ark of the Covenant! That was its reason to be!

The actual room known as the Holy of Holies, in which the Ark stood, was a perfect cube - and immensely strong. It measured just over 34 feet long, by 34 feet wide, by 34 feet high.

Its floor, walls and ceiling were lined with fine gold, weighing an estimated 45,000 pounds, that is, more than 20 tons! And it was all riveted with golden nails.

So, what was so important about the Ark of the Covenant? And what became of it when Solomon’s Temple was destroyed?

There have been many decoys, if you wish – and many claims. It took our team years to track down the facts. And a recent expedition took it further.

This priceless artifact has been found – and its location will stagger you! So much so, that the Middle Eastern host government walks on a knife edge. So you won’t see it yet.

Perhaps that’s enough for you know. But if you would like to dig into this further, here’s where to start: http://www.beforeus.com/aoc.html

Anyway, until next time, please keep safe.

Very best wishes,
Jonathan Gray
info@archaeologyanswers.com

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International explorer, archaeologist and author Jonathan Gray has travelled the world to gather data on ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to the bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and desert regions of the world. He lectures internationally.
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ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH NO.793 SOLOMON'S TREASURE FOUND Yes, where is this precious treasure? * What happened to the hidden gold of Solomon’s Temple? * Has the most priceless artifact on earth – the Ark of the Covenant - now been found? * Is its location really known? The truth will stagger you! So much so, that the host government walks on a knife edge. So you won’t see it yet. And linked with these tantalising questions, are others: * Did Phoenician ships really come to the Americas? * Where did King Solomon get his gold? * What was the SINGLE stated reason that his magnificent Temple was constructed? And you can bury the critics. PHOENICIAN VOYAGES Do you want the truth? Navigation across open ocean was no problem to these explorers. Due to the insufficient attention paid to this aspect of the subject, we have tended to belittle the size and sophistication of Phoenician shipping. There is evidence that they had the benefit of sophisticated instruments and large, fast, modern vessels carrying over 500 people. This will be a surprise to many readers. SILVER AS CHEAP AS STONES Anyway, suddenly, in the 10th century BC we find gold and silver in such abundance in Jerusalem that Israel’s king Solomon “made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones for abundance.” So reports the Hebrew book of 1 Kings. (ch.10:27) And why? "... for the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.” (v. 22) Hiram was a Phoenician king. And the Israelites and Phoenicians were allies. They sent out global expeditions together. There can be no question that the peacocks came from south-East Asia. But whence the abundance of silver? OUR WOEFUL MODERN IGNORANCE Because of the depth of ignorance into which Europe fell during the Dark Ages, at times we are apt to forget how advanced were the ideas of the ancients, and how much they knew about the earth and about astronomy and navigation. Harvard professor Barry Fell concurs. (“America BC: Ancient Settlers in the New World”, p.88) Hands on researchers in South America are firmly convinced that the Phoenicians traded with South America. Today there is a whole library full of their reports. The Phoenicians even left inscriptions there. KING SOLOMON’S RIVER It now appears that the Americas were the source of much of the gold and silver that found its way to Solomon’s temple. There is good reason to believe that the ships of King Solomon (975-935 BC) had once come to the Amazon; that the gold countries of Ophir, Tarshish and Parvaim were NOT to be looked for in the Old World at all, BUT HERE in the Amazon region on the Rio Solimoes, Solomon’s River. But that is another subject (and it is covered in my book “Ark of the Covenant”). SOLOMON – FACT OR FABLE? By the way, has anyone told you that Solomon never existed? Well, you can lay that idea to rest. Here are just a few reasons why: * Israeli geologists announced on January 12, 2003 that they had examined a stone tablet dating to 800 BC which detailed repair plans for the Jewish Temple of King Solomon. Tests confirmed it to be authentic. * Independently kept copies of a treaty that King Solomon made with Hiram, king of the Phoenician city of Tyre were preserved by the Phoenicians. * An independent Ethiopian epic, the “Kebra Nagast”, written about 850 BC, tells the story of an Ethiopian queen’s visit to King Solomon of Israel and of the enormous riches and gifts that he showered upon her. * An ancient record in Srinagar, India, declares that Solomon visited there. * A monument inscription found in 1984 on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba bears King Solomon’s name. You can believe it. Solomon was real. CRITICS OUT OF DATE Biblical writings have come under attack from some critics. These critics, acting with woefully incomplete information, have simply rushed to judgement. About 150 years ago, there was virtually no modern biblical archaeology to “test” their assertions. The critics did not know that hundreds of later historical and archaeological discoveries would support the Bible’s accuracy. And in surprising detail. Today, there is no excuse. From numerous independent records we know that the people, places and events the biblical writers wrote about, were real. From a hands-on field archaeologist, here is the bottom line.Time and continued research have demonstrated that historically the Bible is better informed than its critics. SOLOMON’S MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE The tremendous wealth that poured into Israel from these global expeditions can be appreciated to some extent when we reflect on the magnificence of Solomon’s Temple. It has been calculated that this famous building contained 86 tons of gold and 126 tons of silver. INCREDIBLE CONSTRUCTION METHOD And the technological expertise involved was ingenious. The first book of Kings reports that it "was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.” (1 Kings 6:7) SIZE AND BEAUTY Can you imagine it? Some of those massive stones were as long as a bus... from 10 to 40 feet long by 6 feet wide. One of them at least weighed approximately 445 tons. They were pre-cut, then transported from the quarry and slid into place so accurately that it would be difficult to find the seams. The splendour of Solomon’s Temple would defy comprehension. Nowhere on the face of this planet did a structure of such size and beauty command the awe of man. Travellers from many lands would travel great distances just to set eyes on this Temple, never to be disappointed. Its array of shining metals and precious stones was dazzling beyond belief. This enormous Temple featured planks of cedar and cypress - fir trees hand-crafted to expose their elegant grains. The entire structure was overlaid on the inside with gold. Precious stones of onyx and marble were seen in abundance. Silver, brass and iron were used in the Temple. Outer courtyards and inner chambers were adorned with high-reaching palm trees and colourful flowers. Using modern equipment capable of determining very precisely the isotopic content of different metals, it has been shown that the lead used in drainpipes in the area of Solomon’s Temple came from the Mendip Hills in Somerset, Britain. This type of analysis is made possible because lead samples from different locations contain varying amounts of the isotopes of lead, resulting from the decay of radioactive materials. Similarly with tin. The Temple was adorned with plenty of bronze, and this alloy was made by adding tin to copper in the smelting. The presence of tin caused the copper to become much harder and less easily tarnished. Tests show that it was British tin that was used by Solomon. The date was about 1000 BC. MYSTERIOUS TECHNOLOGY USED Two cast pillars of brass stood boldly at the entrance.According to an old tradition, the two great pillars were hollow. Stored inside them, according to the same tradition, were "ancient records" and "valuable writings" pertaining to the past of the Hebrew people. And included among these records had been information on something known as the shamir. (Alexander Home, “King Solomon’s Temple in Masonic Tradition”, p.219) You may wonder, what was this mysterious shamir? Moses had instructed his people not to use "any iron tool" in the construction of the holy places. And Solomon likewise directed that no hammers, axes or chisels should be used to cut and dress the stone blocks with which the Temple would be built. Instead, according to Jewish sources, he provided the workmen with an ancient device called the shamir, that had been used in the time of Moses to engrave writing on the precious stones of the high priest’s breastplate. (Louis Ginsberg, “The Legends of the Jews”, vol I, p.34 and vol. IV, p.166) Known as "the stone that splits rocks," the shamir was capable of cutting the toughest materials without friction or heat. This included "the remarkable property of cutting the hardest of diamonds". There must have been something special about the shamir, for it was said: “The shamir may not be put in an iron vessel for safekeeping, nor in any metal vessel: it would burst such a receptacle asunder. It is kept wrapped up in a woolen cloth, and this in turn is placed in a lead basket filled with barley bran.”With the destruction of the Temple the shamir vanished. Islamic traditions concerning the shamir parallelled those of the Jews, with the additional statement that it had been quite noiseless while it was at work. VOTAN’S TRIP TO MEDITERRANEAN From the other side of the world we have the record of Votan,the first historian of the Maya, who lived around 1000 BC. Votan had come originally from the Phoenician city of Chivim, on the eastern Mediterranean coast. He records that he later made four or more visits to his former home. On one of these trips he visited a great city wherein a magnificent Temple was in the course of construction, thought by a number of researchers to have been Jerusalem. Was it Solomon’s Temple that visitors from as far away as the Americas came to see? Possibly. According to other ancient records, "all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom.” BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ARK Why did King Solomon build his famous Temple? Would you have guessed this?: It was for one purpose - to house the Ark of the Covenant! That reason was actually given in the records they left behind. That magnificent Temple of fabulous wealth and world renown was specifically conceived and built, for what purpose, but to enshrine the Ark of the Covenant! That was its reason to be! The actual room known as the Holy of Holies, in which the Ark stood, was a perfect cube - and immensely strong. It measured just over 34 feet long, by 34 feet wide, by 34 feet high. Its floor, walls and ceiling were lined with fine gold, weighing an estimated 45,000 pounds, that is, more than 20 tons! And it was all riveted with golden nails. So, what was so important about the Ark of the Covenant? And what became of it when Solomon’s Temple was destroyed? There have been many decoys, if you wish – and many claims. It took our team years to track down the facts. And a recent expedition took it further. This priceless artifact has been found – and its location will stagger you! So much so, that the Middle Eastern host government walks on a knife edge. So you won’t see it yet. Perhaps that’s enough for you know. But if you would like to dig into this further, here’s where to start: http://www.beforeus.com/aoc.html Anyway, until next time, please keep safe. Very best wishes, Jonathan Gray info@archaeologyanswers.com ------------------------------------------------------ Please tell your friends, ----------------------------------------------------— Have you been enjoying Dead Men’s Secrets? Did you like the recent issue of “News Flash” archaeology newsletter? If you know someone who would find these facts interesting, Click the URL below now to tell them, or copy and paste the URL below into your browser. http://www.beforeus.com ========================================= If you have any questions, please email me at info@archaeologyanswers.com ========================================= International explorer, archaeologist and author Jonathan Gray has travelled the world to gather data on ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to the bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and desert regions of the world. He lectures internationally. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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