Egyptian Begin Turquoise Mining

Egyptians began turquoise mining operations of the Sinai peninsula before 3400 BCE. The blue semi-precious gemstone is found in ancient Egyptian artifacts, such as Queen Zer’s bracelets which one of the world’s oldest piece of jewelry.

      3400 BCE

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  • Turquoise in Egypt – Sinai Peninsula | Monica Vinader …
    The mining of Turquoise in North Africa is believed to date back at least to the First Dynasty when Egyptians sourced it from the coastal mines of the Sinai Peninsula. … There were six working mines in total, with the two main sites being Serabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh in the southwest.
  • Turquoise in Ancient Egypt | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    2649–2130 B.C.), the exploitation of the mines at Serabit el-Khadim seems to have diminished, although evidence of mining at Wadi Maghara suggests that it …
  • Forgotten archaeological gems: The ancient turquoise mines …
    Sep 10, 2011 – Forgotten archaeological gems: The ancient turquoise mines of South Sinai … a different experience for history and archaeology aficionados than the temples … and Delta, which reflect ancient Egyptians’ beliefs in the afterlife.
  • Turquoise – Wikipedia
    Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and … 4 History of use; 5 Cultural associations; 6 Imitations; 7 Treatments … Iran also has turquoise mines in Semnan and Kerman provinces. … Often referred to as “Egyptian turquoise”, Sinai material is typically the most translucent, and …
  • Mining industry of Egypt – Wikipedia
    Jump to History – Mining in Egypt has had a long history that goes back to predynastic times. … Miners worshipped Hathor, the “goddess of turquoise”, who was believed to protect them. Gold mining in Upper Egypt can be traced back to …

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