“South African archeologists have reported discovering the world’s oldest mine. The mine, in an iron-ore mountain in neighboring Swazliland, is 43,000 years old, according to radiocarbon dating. It was discovered by Adrian Boshier, field research officer for the Museum of Man and Science in Johannesburg. Mr. Boshier made this discovery at Bomvu Ridge in Ngwenya (Crocodile) mountain range in Swaziland. He discovered caverns extending into the mountain and stone-age mining tools, indicating that, prehistoric man had been mining hematite — a source of iron.”

Source: “43,000-Year-Old Mine Discovered in Swaziland.” New York Times. February 8, 1970. http://www.nytimes.com/1970/02/08/archives/43000yearold-mine-discovered-in-swaziland.html.


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