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Out of the Dust: Ancient Steel Sword Unearthed

TitleOut of the Dust: Ancient Steel Sword Unearthed
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
Secondary AuthorsS. Kent Brown
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Type of ArticleOut of the Dust
KeywordsAncient Near East; Gold; Metallurgy; Plates; Sword; Weaponry

A short sword was unearthed in the ancient Philistine city Ekron, which was destroyed in 604 bc and lay twenty-two miles south of Jerusalem. Israel seems to have been initially dependent on the Philistines for metallurgy.

In 2003, a seventh-century bc Etruscan gold book was discovered in Bulgaria. Recently, another gold book was found in Iran dating from around the sixth century bc.