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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

Journey to the Copper Age

 
     

Visitors to the San Diego Museum of Man can travel back 6,000 years to the pre-Biblical Middle East. Their time machine is a new exhibition called "Journey to the Copper Age," curated by UC San Diego archaeology professor Tom Levy. The show features relics uncovered by Levy and other archaeologists on digs in Israel and Jordan since the 1960s. Many of the items were uncovered at a site in Jordan, Khirbat an-Nahas, where Levy and a team of UCSD graduate students return every summer and fall to excavate the ruins of the largest, ancient copper factorydating back 3,000 years to the time of King David (see May 2005 issue of @UCSD).

A 30-minute documentary also showcases the use of a specific technique called the "lost wax" method to create elaborate metal pieces such as a twin-headed ibex mace head found in the Cave of the Treasure in the Negev desert. "Journey to the Copper Age" is on display until February 2008.

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Rex Graham, Raymond Hardie, Robert Monroe, Neda Oreizy, '08, Doug Ramsey

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""Journey to the Copper Age" is on display until February 2008."