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Photos from: An essay on 5,000 years of fire assaying

Cuneiform tablet from ancient Babylon describes a process similar to fire assay.Beads of doré or a semi-pure gold silver alloy inside small clay crucibles.Illustrated page from De Re Metallica; foremost historical book on fire assay.

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The Amarna letter EA-10 has been translated to be a correspondence from the Kassite king Burna-Buriash II (Babylon, Mesopotamia) to the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III, complaining that an agreed upon amount of gold was not met-"As for your messenger whom you sent to me, the 20 minas of gold that were brought here were not all there. When they put it into the kiln, not 5 minas of gold appeared."

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