There is no doubt that gold, silver, and copper, mining has been ongoing in the fastastically mineral rich Sierra Morena mountains of southern Spain since circa 2000 B.C.; the old scholars of Spain have rightly called the ancient ruins of fortresses such as at Niebla of hormazo walls (rock chips and stones mixed with water and lime packed within two boards ’til dry), megalithic stone dolmens (for religious cermonies), and sun cult worship, of the Phoenicians, who were navigators who had sailed there from Canaan in the eastern Mediterranean, as this timeframe does in fact jibe with the timeframe for the beginning of metallurgy in the ancient world, and the prolific worldwide navigation which is now acknowledged by most seriously honest scholars to have been ongoing at that time (see article #2 at http://IceAgeCivilizations.com).
Elena Whishaw wrote a great book, Atlantis in Spain, back in the 1920’s, describing the ancient ruins of the civilization which mined the Sierra Morena’s many centuries before the classical Greeks and Romans arrived there, it was the civilization of Tharsis, the Tarshish of the Bible, Whishaw noting that the southern Spaniards call their ancestors the Tharsins, with the ruins of the Temple of Hercules (Melkart) now under the city of Seville, which was called Tartessos in Roman times. Whishaw rightly opines that these were ruins of the Atlanteans (Phoenicians), but she wrongly opines that the civilization goes back 10,000 years, because metallurgy, as we know, did not begin in earnest ’til circa 2000 B.C. (and the mines of the Sierra Morena were the richest in the world, with over a thousand ancient mine shafts having been discovered there, some of them having been further exploited in modern times).
And Wishaw was apparently unaware of the many submerged megalithic ruins now found on the shallow seafloor off southern Spain, at Huelva, Chipiona, Rota, Cadiz, Zaharis de los Atunes beach, Ceuta, and Tarifa (at Gibraltar), so she could not conceive of the fact that the Ice Age ended during that megalithic building era, when original Baalbek, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, were being built, circa 2000 B.C., when Tarshish (a son of Javan, a son of Japheth), and Atlas (a son of Sidon, a son of Canaan), were beginning to tap the mineral riches of the Sierra Morena’s, building their megalithic and hormazo citadels and temples, some of which are now submerged offshore, because the Ice Age ended actually circa 1500 B.C., comporting perfectly with the evidence (see category Submerged Ancient Ruins). See too http://genesisveracityfoundation.com.