Mines of Asgata

It appears that the mines had been in operation ever since the ancient times and more specifically since the Copper time, and this continued later on during the Roman Times. This is proven by the findings in the area which include ancient tunnels, sloping wells and huge piles and rust. The rust constitutes the remains of processing chalcopyrite in a kiln, which was apparently done on site. Timber from the forests that probably existed in the area of the mines was used to fire the kiln.

Extracted from our mines were chalcopyrite, iron pyrite and small quantities of gold. In the ancient times the mines were identified by observing the oxidized rocks above the mineral deposits and next tunnels or sloping wells were dug in order to reach the mineral deposits.

For unknown reasons the mines remained closed for several years and reopened during the first decades of the 20th century.

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