Monday, July 10, 2017

What color blue did King Solomon wear? New evidence tells us

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Make it a regular practice to mentally visualize yourself behaving in a fearless manner in situations where you presently experience fear. Think of something that, if you would be able to do it, would make a big difference in your life and vividly imagine yourself doing it without fear.

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What color blue did King Solomon wear? New evidence tells us

Excavations of copper mines find earliest Israeli traces of dye used for prestigious garments for skilled workers By Amanda Borschel-Dan June 28, 2017, 

Preserved pieces of cloth from King Solomon's time point to a colorful clothing palette for metalworkers in biblical era Timna. This is the earliest evidence of a plant-based dye in Israel, according to a study released on Wednesday.


The arid desert conditions of Timna, found in Israel's southern Negev desert, preserved the red and blue plant pigmentation found by archaeologists on dozens of fragments of 3,000-year-old textiles, according to a team of researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University.

Since 2013, Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University has directed excavations in the Timna Valley where his team has found textiles dating back to the Iron Age (11-10 centuries BCE). On some of the fragments, there is a decorative pattern of red and blue bands.

In an article published Wednesday in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the researchers hypothesize that the metalworkers, considered fine craftsmen, "were probably entitled to wear colorful clothing as a mark of their high status."

Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef (left) and Dr. Naama Sukenik examining fragments of colored textiles recovered at Timna. (Yolli Schwartz/Israel Antiquities Authority)

According to Ben-Yosef and the IAA's Dr. Naama Sukenik, the findings indicate that the society at Timna, identified with the Kingdom of Edom, was hierarchical and included an upper class that had access to colorful, prestigious textiles.


The concept of highly prized, skilled laborers flies in the face of conventional wisdom, which had supposed that slaves had largely manned the isolated copper mines.

Woolen textile from the Timna Valley. (Clara Amit/Israel Antiquities Authority)

The dyes are mainly derived from two plants: the red from roots of madder; the blue from indigotin, which likely came from wood. The process of creating and using the blue dye, according to the researchers, is a multi-day complex process involving reduction and oxidization.

While the types of plants used for dyeing the cloth is unsurprising — both are among the most common plant dyes in the ancient world — the process of dyeing, called "true dye," is sophisticated and exhibits professional skill. These weren't garments to be donned by plebeians.

As the textile pieces are kept under climate control conditions at the IAA, the team is exploring other open-ended questions such as Iron Age fashion and the status and technology involved in creating them.

What is clear is that these were no ordinary shmattes.

Churchill's 10 Most Motivational Quotes

Winston Churchill is best-remembered as Great Britain's wartime prime minister, who helped lead the allies to victory during World War II. However, this wasn't Churchill's only claim to fame, since he was also a non-academic historian, a British Army officer who saw direct action in 3 wars, as well as a prolific non-fiction writer.

In fact, his writing was considered to be so deep and thoughtful, that he was awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature. Below, you'll find some of his best quotes, to help keep you inspired and motivated when the going gets tough!

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

If you're going through hell, keep going.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life

.Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

.A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

.To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Red Skelton And Phyllis Diller

Red Skelton And Jerry Lewis

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