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Timna. Spiral Hill, Mushroom Rock, Smelting Camps, Crater

Nefer • 4 minutes read • August 24th, 2016
The natural preserve called 

Timna,

 with an area of ​​23 sq. miles (60 sq. km) is located 18 miles (30 km) north of 

Eilat,

in the Arava prairie. The park contains a number of geological, archeological, and natural attractions. This is a valley surrounded by steep cliffs, or, as they are also called, craters. Previously, there were the mines of King Solomon. Everything around is pink and red; these are copper solids. There are a lot of hiking and truck-mounted routes, which are marked on the map in different colors and have a brief description. The map is attached to the ticket. It's hard to believe that everything here was created by nature, from fanciful rock formations and unreal colors, to unusual expanses!
At the entrance to the park, you are invited to watch an introductory movie about the history of copper smelting and the park itself. We missed it. We were impatient to see all this splendor on our own.
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Here's Spiral Hill. It also resembles a screw. 
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And here is "half of the mushroom", and the inscription said "mushroom and half".
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And here's the whole mushroom. Perhaps, this is the most famous landmark in 

Timna park

.
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Remains of a Hurvat Timna settlement of the Egyptian period (if I'm not mistaken) were found in the nullah of the Nehushtan River. There are ruins of houses and the remains of production facilities, where copper was smelted and processed using blast furnaces and stoves. You can see the valley of ruins behind me, while I was trying to master the ancient stove bellows :)
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This is the crater. I used to think that this word meant the crater of the volcano, but it turned out to be a term with several meanings. A round deepening or ditch is also called a crater in Israel.
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Here are petroglyphs. Images of hunting, war, animals, and people in wagons. I do not know how true this is, the rock is quite kind and it's hard to believe that all this has been preserved since ancient times. But it is described as petroglyphs from the ancient Egyptian period.
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Well, is there anyone with developed creative thinking? What is this picture? :)
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Let's go further (Timna. King Solomons Mines, Solomon's Pillars, Temple of Hathor, Timna Lake)!
Author: Nefer
Source: neferjournal.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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