King Solomon's Mines

An archeological dig in Jordan has revealed an ancient copper mine which could have been the site of King Solomon’s Mines.   Coincidentally, the great British artist and cartoonist Ray Lowry passed away last month.  He was famous for his album covers for The Clash, and for his dark, anarchic cartoons.
One Lowry cartoon I recall vividly showed a group of mid 19th-century European explorers emerging from an African jungle into a clearing, in the midst of which could be seen a massive, late 20th-century petrochemicals complex, surrounded by high fences and armed guards, with a big sign proclaiming:  “King Solomon’s Mines:  Keep Out”.  One of the explorers turns to his colleague to say:  “Oh my God, we’re too late!  They’ve already been nationalized!”

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