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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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6. Mining in Ancient Egypt

The very essence of modern Egypt to outsiders and visitors is its fabulous ancient cities and monuments, and the treasures that were found in the country’s most famous ancient structures, the Pyramids. These great antiquities have fascinated people for centuries and have led to much controversy as many of the priceless artefacts uncovered by archaeological expeditions, often foreign, have found their way outside Egypt. There are a number of different points of view about the history of this traffic in antiquities which, thought provoking though they are, lie well outside the scope of this particular history. However, it is beyond doubt that these great treasures would not have come into existence if the ancient Egyptians ...

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