A fragment of purple fabric excavated from the Timna Valley, an ancient copper production district, in southern Israel. Photo: HO / Israel Antiquities Authority / AFP A fragment of purple fabric excavated from the Timna Valley, an ancient copper production district, in southern Israel. Photo: HO / Israel Antiquities Authority / AFP
A fragment of purple fabric excavated from the Timna Valley, an ancient copper production district, in southern Israel. Photo: HO / Israel Antiquities Authority / AFP
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‘Royal purple’ fabric scraps from King David era found at ancient copper mine in Israel

  • It was the first time purple-dyed Iron Age textiles had been found in Israel or the Levant, the Israel Antiquities Authority said
  • The colour purple was associated with royalty, nobility and priests and the dye ‘often cost more than gold’

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A fragment of purple fabric excavated from the Timna Valley, an ancient copper production district, in southern Israel. Photo: HO / Israel Antiquities Authority / AFP A fragment of purple fabric excavated from the Timna Valley, an ancient copper production district, in southern Israel. Photo: HO / Israel Antiquities Authority / AFP
A fragment of purple fabric excavated from the Timna Valley, an ancient copper production district, in southern Israel. Photo: HO / Israel Antiquities Authority / AFP
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