Topics: Chronology of Vesuvius’ activity from A.D. 79 to 1631.
The Timna Valley is located in southern Israel in the southwestern Arabah , approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the Gulf of Aqaba and the town of Eilat. The area is rich in copper ore and has been mined since the 5th millennium BCE. There is controversy whether the mines were active during the Kingdom of Israel and the reign of biblical king Solomon. 
A large section of the valley, containing ancient remnants of copper mining and ancient worship, is encompassed in a recreation park.
In July 2011, the Israeli government approved the construction of an international airport , the Ramon Airport , in the Timna valley.