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Originally posted by mdcclxxvi
According to Sitchin, the Annunaki created humans as slaves to work in there gold mines (anyone know where these might be located or a site that has info on them?).
Most of our knowledge of Ghana comes from Arab writers. Al-Hamdani, for example, describes Ghana as having the richest gold mines on earth. These were situated at Bambuk, on the upper Senegal River.
Gold has long been the basis for South Africa's relative prosperity. At least half a million South Africans, including dependents and suppliers, rely on the industry. From ancient times to 1989, the South African mines produced more than 40% of all the gold that had ever been mined.
The largest stone ruins in all of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, are those of Great Zimbabwe. These magnificent ruins are located on the plains between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers of present-day Zimbabwe. Curiously enough, Great Zimbabwe was not built on any river's shores. It is believed to have been built in closer proximity to a substantial gold mine, but there were far more compelling reasons for the chosen site of Great Zimbabwe. The plains were plentiful enough to support cattle and their seasonal grazing at lowland and upland locations. There was an ample supply of timber and fertile soil for cultivation, and a seemingly endless supply of game, especially elephants for their ivory. The most noteworthy reason for Great Zimbabwe's location was the strategic positioning for trade. The city stood at the head of a river valley and were positioned in just the right spot to exploit the trade between the coast and the goldfields of the interior.
Also relevant to the dating question are references to the ancient gold mines (which were quite sophisticated, incorporating horizontal tunnels as well as vertical shafts). In the 10th century AD, Masudi and Ibn Al Wardy wrote of gold being exported through the Arab trading post at Sofala – which lies on the coast just east of Great Zimbabwe. Earlier, the Alexandrian merchant Cosmas Indicopleustes (in his Topographia Christiana, 6th century AD) mentioned regular expeditions from Ethiopia to obtain gold from a country where winter occurred during Northern Hemisphere summer. Thus, even though the stone temple had probably not yet been constructed, it is quite possible that Zimbabwe was the ultimate source of the Sabaean gold wealth cited by Pliny the Elder (c. 70 AD) and by I Kings chapter 10. The East African coast was certainly part of the Sabaean empire, and expeditions even further south were well within the ability of the ship-builders and mariners of that era.
Originally posted by mdcclxxvi
According to Sitchin, the Annunaki created humans as slaves to work in there gold mines (anyone know where these might be located or a site that has info on them?). But that also, some of them breed with the human slaves, making a (and I'm assuming) slightly more intelligent and higher held version of human kind. But what I'd like to know is how Atlantis/Mu/Hyperboria fit in to all this. From what I've found, those civilizations were more advanced than the original slave ones (the sumerians). So were these civilizations comprised of the hybrid humans that were more intelligent or do they not fit in at all?
[edit on 6-9-2004 by mdcclxxvi]
Originally posted by Tamahu
Originally posted by Gazrok
Based on the only texts that are non-fiction about Atlantis, there's not much to denote a society any more advanced than that of Ancient Greece.
You're not saying that there were no societies before Greece, that were were more advanced than Greece, are you???