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NOVA: Quest For Solomon’s Mines

Airs Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at 10 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: John Grattan sits on the edge of a triple-shaft copper mine, dating from the early Iron Age, during two cutting-edge field investigations that illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdoms.

Tom Levy and colleagues hike to the Edomite highlands near Petra, Jordan.
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Above: Tom Levy and colleagues hike to the Edomite highlands near Petra, Jordan.

A 3000-year-old skeleton in a cemetery near Khirbet en Nahas
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Above: A 3000-year-old skeleton in a cemetery near Khirbet en Nahas

Recreating Solomon's Temple

Using clues from the Bible and ancient ruins, NOVA filmmakers created detailed 3-D imagery of King Solomon’s Temple.

Countless treasure seekers have set off in search of King Solomon’s mines, trekking through burning deserts and scaling the forbidding mountains of Africa and the Levant, inspired by the Bible’s account of splendid temples and palaces adorned in glittering gold and copper.

Yet, to date, the evidence that has claimed to support the existence of Solomon and other early kings in the Bible has been highly controversial. In fact, so little physical evidence of the kings who ruled Israel and Edom has been found that many contend that they are no more real than King Arthur.

In summer 2010, NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations to expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words “slave,” “king” and “judge.”

In "Quest For Solomon's Mines," these cutting-edge investigations illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty Biblical kingdoms.

This program originally aired in 2010.

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Preview: NOVA: Quest For Solomon's Mines

Above: "NOVA: Quest For Solomon's Mines" - In the summer of 2010, NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations that illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdoms. These groundbreaking expeditions expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words "slave," "king," and "judge."