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ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH NO. 182
Yes, where is this precious treasure?
* What happened to the hidden gold of Solomon’s
* Has the most priceless artifact on earth – the Ark of
the Covenant - now been found?
* Is its location really known?
The truth will stagger you! So much so, that the host
government walks on a knife edge. So you won’t see it yet.
And linked with these tantalising questions, are others:
* Did Phoenician ships really come to the Americas?
* Where did King Solomon get his gold?
* What was the SINGLE stated reason that his
magnificent Temple was constructed?
And you can bury the critics.
Do you want the truth? Navigation across open ocean was no
problem to these explorers.
Due to the insufficient attention paid to this aspect of the
subject, we have tended to belittle the size and sophistication
of Phoenician shipping.
There is evidence that they had the benefit of sophisticated
instruments and large, fast, modern vessels carrying over 500
people. This will be a surprise to many readers.
SILVER AS CHEAP AS STONES
Anyway, suddenly, in the 10th century BC we find gold and
silver in such abundance in Jerusalem that Israel’s king
Solomon “made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones for
abundance.” So reports the Hebrew book of 1 Kings.
And why? "... for the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with
the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of
Tarshish, bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes, and
peacocks.” (v. 22)
Hiram was a Phoenician king. And the Israelites and
Phoenicians were allies. They sent out global expeditions
There can be no question that the peacocks came from
south-East Asia. But whence the abundance of silver?
OUR WOEFUL MODERN IGNORANCE
Because of the depth of ignorance into which Europe fell
during the Dark Ages, at times we are apt to forget how
advanced were the ideas of the ancients, and how much they
knew about the earth and about astronomy and navigation.
Harvard professor Barry Fell concurs. (“America BC: Ancient
Settlers in the New World”, p.88)
Hands on researchers in South America are firmly convinced
that the Phoenicians traded with South America. Today there
is a whole library full of their reports. The Phoenicians even
left inscriptions there.
KING SOLOMON’S RIVER
It now appears that the Americas were the source of much of
the gold and silver that found its way to Solomon’s temple.
There is good reason to believe that the ships of King Solomon
(975-935 BC) had once come to the Amazon; that the gold
countries of Ophir, Tarshish and Parvaim were NOT to be
looked for in the Old World at all, BUT HERE in the Amazon
region on the Rio Solimoes, Solomon’s River.
But that is another subject (and it is covered in my book “Ark
of the Covenant”).
SOLOMON – FACT OR FABLE?
By the way, has anyone told you that Solomon never existed?
Well, you can lay that idea to rest. Here are just a few reasons
* Israeli geologists announced on January 12, 2003
that they had examined a stone tablet dating to 800
BC which detailed repair plans for the Jewish Temple
of King Solomon. Tests confirmed it to be authentic.
* Independently kept copies of a treaty that King
Solomon made with Hiram, king of the Phoenician
city of Tyre were preserved by the Phoenicians.
* An independent Ethiopian epic, the “Kebra Nagast”,
written about 850 BC, tells the story of an Ethiopian
queen’s visit to King Solomon of Israel and of the
enormous riches and gifts that he showered upon her.
* An ancient record in Srinagar, India, declares that
Solomon visited there.
* A monument inscription found in 1984 on the eastern
shore of the Gulf of Aqaba bears King Solomon’s
You can believe it. Solomon was real.
CRITICS OUT OF DATE
Biblical writings have come under attack from some critics.
These critics, acting with woefully incomplete information,
have simply rushed to judgment.
About 150 years ago, there was virtually no modern biblical
archaeology to “test” their assertions.
The critics did not know that hundreds of later historical
and archaeological discoveries would support the Bible’s
accuracy. And in surprising detail.
Today, there is no excuse. From numerous independent
records we know that the people, places and events the
biblical writers wrote about, were real.
From a hands-on field archaeologist, here is the bottom line.
Time and continued research have demonstrated that
historically the Bible is better informed than its critics.
SOLOMON’S MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE
The tremendous wealth that poured into Israel from these
global expeditions can be appreciated to some extent when
we reflect on the magnificence of Solomon’s Temple.
It has been calculated that this famous building contained
86 tons of gold and 126 tons of silver.
INCREDIBLE CONSTRUCTION METHOD
And the technological expertise involved was ingenious.
The first book of Kings reports that it "was built of stone
made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was
neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the
house, while it was in building.” (1 Kings 6:7)
SIZE AND BEAUTY
Can you imagine it? Some of those massive stones were as
long as a bus... from 10 to 40 feet long by 6 feet wide. One
of them at least weighed approximately 445 tons.
They were pre-cut, then transported from the quarry and slid
into place so accurately that it would be difficult to find
The splendor of Solomon’s Temple would defy comprehension.
Nowhere on the face of this planet did a structure of such
size and beauty command the awe of man.
Travelers from many lands would travel great distances just
to set eyes on this Temple, never to be disappointed.
Its array of shining metals and precious stones was dazzling
This enormous Temple featured planks of cedar and cypress -
fir trees hand-crafted to expose their elegant grains.
The entire structure was overlaid on the inside with gold.
Precious stones of onyx and marble were seen in abundance.
Silver, brass and iron were used in the Temple. Outer
courtyards and inner chambers were adorned with
high-reaching palm trees and colorful flowers.
Using modern equipment capable of determining very
precisely the isotopic content of different metals, it has
been shown that the lead used in drainpipes in the area of
Solomon’s Temple came from the Mendip Hills in Somerset,
This type of analysis is made possible because lead samples
from different locations contain varying amounts of the
isotopes of lead, resulting from the decay of radioactive
Similarly with tin. The Temple was adorned with plenty of
bronze, and this alloy was made by adding tin to copper in
the smelting. The presence of tin caused the copper to
become much harder and less easily tarnished.
Tests show that it was British tin that was used by Solomon.
The date was about 1000 BC.
MYSTERIOUS TECHNOLOGY USED
Two cast pillars of brass stood boldly at the entrance.
According to an old tradition, the two great pillars were
hollow. Stored inside them, according to the same tradition,
were "ancient records" and "valuable writings" pertaining
to the past of the Hebrew people.
And included among these records had been information on
something known as the shamir. (Alexander Home, “King
Solomon’s Temple in Masonic Tradition”, p.219)
You may wonder, what was this mysterious shamir?
Moses had instructed his people not to use "any iron tool"
in the construction of the holy places.
And Solomon likewise directed that no hammers, axes or
chisels should be used to cut and dress the stone blocks
with which the Temple would be built.
Instead, according to Jewish sources, he provided the
workmen with an ancient device called the shamir, that had
been used in the time of Moses to engrave writing on the
precious stones of the high priest’s breastplate. (Louis
Ginsberg, “The Legends of the Jews”, vol I, p.34 and vol. IV,
Known as "the stone that splits rocks," the shamir was
capable of cutting the toughest materials without friction or
heat. This included "the remarkable property of cutting the
hardest of diamonds".
There must have been something special about the shamir,
for it was said:
“The shamir may not be put in an iron vessel for safekeeping,
nor in any metal vessel: it would burst such a receptacle
asunder. It is kept wrapped up in a woolen cloth, and this in
turn is placed in a lead basket filled with barley bran.”
With the destruction of the Temple the shamir vanished.
Islamic traditions concerning the shamir paralleled those of
the Jews, with the additional statement that it had been quite
noiseless while it was at work.
VOTAN’S TRIP TO MEDITERRANEAN
From the other side of the world we have the record of Votan,
the first historian of the Maya, who lived around 1000 BC.
Votan had come originally from the Phoenician city of
Chivim, on the eastern Mediterranean coast.
He records that he later made four or more visits to his former
On one of these trips he visited a great city wherein a
magnificent Temple was in the course of construction, thought by
a number of researchers to have been Jerusalem.
Was it Solomon’s Temple that visitors from as far away as
the Americas came to see? Possibly. According to other
ancient records, "all the kings of the earth sought the presence
of Solomon, to hear his wisdom.”
BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ARK
Why did King Solomon build his famous Temple? Would
you have guessed this?: It was for one purpose - to house the
Ark of the Covenant! That reason was actually given in the
records they left behind.
That magnificent Temple of fabulous wealth and world
renown was specifically conceived and built, for what
purpose, but to enshrine the Ark of the Covenant! That was
its reason to be!
The actual room known as the Holy of Holies, in which the
Ark stood, was a perfect cube - and immensely strong. It
measured just over 34 feet long, by 34 feet wide, by 34 feet
Its floor, walls and ceiling were lined with fine gold,
weighing an estimated 45,000 pounds, that is, more than 20
tons! And it was all riveted with golden nails.
So, what was so important about the Ark of the Covenant?
And what became of it when Solomon’s Temple was
There have been many decoys, if you wish – and many claims.
It took our team years to track down the facts. And a recent
expedition took it further.
This priceless artifact has been found – and its location will
stagger you! So much so, that the Middle Eastern host
government walks on a knife edge. So you won’t see it yet.
International explorer, archaeologist and author
Jonathan Gray has traveled the world to gather data on
ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely
unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon
headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to the
bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and desert
regions of the world. He lectures internationally.