Category Archives: Negev parks

Timna Copper Mines – Ancient Smelting furnaces and Storage Rooms

The Timna Copper Mines are located just outside of the city of Eilat. The copper mines date back to the Egyptian Ramsesside period (13-12 centuries BCE). Inside Timna park, storage rooms and tool production areas were found. Crushed ore and crushing tools were found at the site. Mud for lining the oven and bellows was prepared here. A workshop for pouring copper for producing tools was found. An oven was found, and a slag ditch for disposal of the leftovers from the smelting can be seen. A shrine for the ancient copper workers to give offerings to their deities is also at this site.

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HaMinsara in the Ramon Crater – Carpentry Shop in the Ramon Crater

The Ramon Crater is 40 kilometers long, but just a few kilometers wide. The craters were formed when the Arava rift valley was formed, and the rivers changed course, carving out the inside of the crater. The walls of the crater keep their vertical angle, while the bottom deepens, exposing ancient rock stata.  The bottom of the crater is 500 meters deep, and the rocks at the bottom are 200 million years old!

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