Skooter reporting 02/17/12
Louise Schofield, a British archaeologist working in northern Ethiopia said to have found an ancient goldmine that may lead to where the Queen of Sheba got hold of her storied wealth.
Schofield, a former curator at the British Museum, told The Observer she came to know this when a gold prospector informed her of the mine while working on an environmental development project in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
The tunnel has an ancient human skull implanted in the shaft entrance that was hidden underground some four feet or 1.2 meters, obviously had not gain much attention, although local populace panned for gold in a nearby river.
The location is within the former territory of the nearly 3,000-year-old Sheba kingdom, which scholars believe the ancient kingdom extended from Ethiopia to Yemen. As pointed out by Schofield the nearby clues suggest the site was a significant place in the ancient civilization, where a 20-foot or six-meter stone block engraved with a sun and crescent moon could be a "logo of the land of Sheba."
Schofield told The Observer that before she crawled under the stone, she was warned to be cautious of a nine-foot or three-meter cobra that lives inside and came to witness with an inscription in Sabaean, the language that the Queen of Sheba spoke.
As written in the Hebrew Bible, the Queen of Sheba is depicted as arriving in Jerusalem to pay tribute to the great King Solomon with "a very numerous entourage, and with camels bearing spices, a huge amount of gold, and precious stones."
The lady archaeologist said one of the things she’d always loved about archaeology is the way it can link with legends and myths. "The fact that we might have the Queen of Sheba's mines is extraordinary," she told the paper.
Once she has the funds, hopefully she could begin a full excavation of the mine where there are huge boulders that blocked the entrance, she added.