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Archaeologists from the University of Chile have discovered a 12,000-year-old iron oxide mine in the north of the country.
Researchers say it is the oldest mine discovered in all the Americas.
The ancient mine was discovered near the town of Taltal, in the Antofagasta region, 1,100 kilometres north of Santiago, in October 2008, but its antiquity was not determined until tests were conducted this year in US and Polish laboratories.
Originally posted by buddybaney
now wait did you all see the 40,000 year old mine at the end of the article? wtf? that sounds like someting else worth looking into or has it ben on here already?
The oldest known mine on archaeological record is the "Lion Cave" in Swaziland. At this site, which by radiocarbon dating proves the mine to be about 43,000 years old, paleolithic humans mined mineral hematite, which contained iron and was ground to produce the red pigment ochre. Mines of a similar age in Hungary are believed to be sites where Neanderthals may have mined flint for weapons and tools.
Originally posted by The Djin
.... where Neanderthals may have mined flint for weapons and tools....
Originally posted by OrganicAnagram33
Interesting, around the same time Robert Bauval noticed the belt stars in Orion line up with the pyramids in Giza. They have since drifted due to the phenomenon known as precession, but it is this same mechanism through which they can date the alignment.edit on 5-12-2010 by OrganicAnagram33 because: Spelling