Ancient Cypriot Mine Timbers with Copper (126920)

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Mining Start Price:500.00 USD Estimated At:1,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD
Ancient Cypriot Mine Timbers with Copper  (126920)
750.00USD+ (187.50) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2020 Dec 18 @ 09:05UTC-8 : PST/AKDT
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A group of 10 or so ancient timbers, probably at least 2000 years old from a mine in Cyprus. A retired Reno Geologist found these in the 1970s while working underground in Cyprus for Cyprus Mines. The company hit a number of very old stopes, and some of these ancient timbers were found. In this lot are timber joints that are clear predecessors of the Diedesheimer square set style, with hand carved notches for interlocking . Also present here are two wedges. Several of the timbers are modern cut, exposing native copper that has precipitated out into the organics. Also part of the group is a small piece of hand hewn rope from the same period, preserved in a plastic bag. Includes outstanding example of a headstall and support timbers, along with the cut sections showing copper. Cyprus is unquestionably the most important historical source of copper in the world. The original Greek name for the island was Kupros, which roughly translated to cuprous, or copper- hernce the name Copper Island. Copper was found there on the surface in the Bronze age. It was mined nearly continuously for 4000 years until the fall of the Roman Empire. It was the key source of copper for the world at that time. Large scale mining came into play in the nineteenth century. Cyprus Mines Co. was formed in the early 20th century, and operated through the 1970s. These rare and choice relics are the perfect addition to any mining history museum in the world.

Country (if not USA): Cyprus

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