• Native Copper replacing Wood
  • Native Copper replacing Wood
  • Native Copper replacing Wood

Native Copper replacing Wood

ID: CC21484
A rare intriguing specimen of a cut section of a wooden pit prop (or mine prop), found in the ancient Mavrovouni mine in Cyprus.  The age of the timber is dated at circa 2500 years, placing it in the classical Greek era. The specimen we have is of Native Copper replacing cells within the timber mine prop.  The majority of Copper precipitation has occurred in the outwardly radiating medullary (or pith) rays which lie perpendicular to the annual growth rings.  Close to the centre, Copper can be seen replacing a small section of one ring.  The prop is roughly circular in cross section, measuring 7.3 x 8.0 cm across maximum and minimum diameters and is up to 0.9 cm thick.  The wood is remarkably well preserved and seems as fresh and sturdy as the day it was first installed in the mine.  This most unusual specimen provides an insight into the world of mining in ancient Classical times and is indeed a rare specimen from Cyprus.

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7.3 × 8.0 × 0.9 cm
Native Elements, Rare Minerals
Mavrovouni Mine, Lefka, Nicosia District, Cyprus, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Native Copper

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