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Mining and Trade
What is it?
Lapis Lazuli means “stone of blue.”
It comes from North East Afghanistan.
It is expensive and rare.
It was discovered as early as the 7th millennium BC.
What is made of?
It is a complex mineral containing Sodium and Atominium.
It is formed from metamorphic rock.
Also comes from limestone.
What is it used for?
Mining: mostly in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
King Tut’s eyebrows on his funeral mask.
The Sar-i-sang Mine
12 hours from the nearest town and there are no real roads on the way.
It is a dangerous journey.
The largest mine of its kind in the world.
Men risk their lives everyday in order to get a small share of Lapis.
Big Horn Mine
Found in California.
People that found it thought it was silver but realized it was much more valuable.
One of the only known sources for jewelry and carving grade Lapis.
This mine opened in 1910.
People have manually traded this stone for millennia.
Currently, it is said that the trade of Lapis Lazuli is funding warlords and insurgents.
The Lapis Lazuli corridor is the shortest, safest, and cheapest. It connects Afghanistan, to Central Asia, to Central Europe, and South Asia.
Map of Corridor
Used to make funeral masks, such as the eyebrows in King Tut’s Mask.
This semi precious stone is used to make very valuable jewelry for trade.