publication . Article . 2013

King Solomon’s Silver? Southern Phoenician Hacksilber Hoards and the Location of Tarshish

Christine Thompson; Sheldon Skaggs;
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2013 Journal: Internet Archaeology (issn: 1363-5387, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of York
Abstract
Evidence from silver hoards found in Phoenicia is linking Tarshish, the legendary source of King Solomon's silver, to ores in the western Mediterranean. Biblical passages sometimes describe this lost land as a supplier of metals (especially silver) to Phoenician sailors who traded in the service of Solomon and Hiram of Tyre in the 10th century BC. Classical authors similarly attribute the mercantile supremacy of the Phoenicians to their command of lucrative supplies of silver in the west, before they colonised the coasts and islands of its metalliferous regions around 800 BC. Conservative rejections of such reports have correctly emphasised a lack of evidence fr...
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free text keywords: Tarshish, silver, Phoenicians, pre-colonisation, hoards, metals-trade, Mediterranean, Archaeology, CC1-960, History, Ancient history, Phoenician, language.human_language, language
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publication . Article . 2013

King Solomon’s Silver? Southern Phoenician Hacksilber Hoards and the Location of Tarshish

Christine Thompson; Sheldon Skaggs;