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FUSE Young Reporter iWORLD There is archaeological evidence that ancient civilisations treasured their gold. ANCIENT EGYPT In 3000 BC, the cap sines on the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt were made from solid gold. At that time 1 piece of gold was worth 2½ pieces of silver. Pharaohs and temple priests were very important and had gold, but slaves and farmers hardly even got cheap copper. Food and silver (not gold or money) were used for trading up and down the River Nile. ANCIENT GREEKS In Ancient Greece, gold symbolised wealth and glory amongst immortal gods and demigods. Even though the Olympics originated there, a gold medal tradition for champions didn’t start until much more recently, with the last solid gold Olympic medal being won in 1912. THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, INDIA Sri Harmandir Sahib, “The Golden Temple”, is a stunning Sikh shrine in Amritsar. Completed over 400 years ago, the temple dome is gilded with 750 kg of pure gold. The entire upper half of the temple is inlaid with copper covered with gold plating. FUSE 7