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Ancient site yields a copper whopper

8:33pm, July 22, 2002

Excavations in southern Jordan have uncovered the largest Early Bronze Age metal works in the Middle East. The factory-like operation, which ran from around 4,700 to 4,200 years ago, represented a "quantum leap" in the scale of copper production at a time when ancient cities in the area experienced rapid growth, archaeologist Thomas E. Levy of the University of California, San Diego and his coworkers report in the June Antiquity.

The Jordanian site, known as Khirbat Hamra Ifdan, contains areas for an assembly-line production of copper tools and ingots distributed among more than 80 rooms, courtyards, and o

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