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WOMEN HADN’T BEEN expected to make the arduous trek to the copper mine in the heart of the desert, but this one did, and she must have been important.

The woman was in the early stages of pregnancy when she died. She was buried near an ancient Egyptian temple in the heart of what archaeologists once nicknamed “King Solomon’s Mines” because they believed that the site was controlled by the biblical king, an idea that remains hotly contested.

“It is very rare to find human remains in Timna, and it is the first time we find a woman,” says archaeologist Erez Ben Yosef, who leads the Tel Aviv University team that has been excavating the site since 2012.

FULL STORY Archaeologists startled to find remains of pregnant woman (Haaretz) 

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