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Mystery Explored: Quest for King Solomon’s Gold
Expedition Dates: August 19 – September 1, 2004

Summary:

Of all the rulers mentioned in the Bible, King Solomon was purportedly the wisest and the richest. The reason? His access to vast quantities of gold. According to the Bible, the source of his legendary wealth was the goldmines located in the mysterious land of Ophir. Yet, what the Scriptures can’t tell us is where Ophir might be found today. With the Bible as my guide, I went on an epic 4,000-mile journey in search of the lost gold of King Solomon — sailing the Red Sea, plunging down a Zimbabwean gold mine, and traveling deep into the Ethiopian bush to learn of the connection between Ophir and the Afar region of East Africa.


Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Dr. Sariel Shalev, Archaeologist
Paul Tingay, Zimbabwean Historian
Dr. Edward Matenga, Curator, Great Zimbabwe
Mr. Daneil Kazawsarane, Zimbabwean Miner
Dr. Teclehaimanot Gebreselassie, Historian
Mr. Vern Bell, Bushpilot

Locations Visited:
Jerusalem, Israel
Eilat, Israel
Timna Mines, Israel
Harare, Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Ogilvy Gold Mine, Zimbabwe
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Kebra Mengist, Ethiopia


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