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Roman gold mine reopens for 2014 season

Roman gold mine reopens for 2014 season

boy in mining helmet

Dolaucothi Goldmines, famous as the only known Roman goldmine in Britain will open to the public once again, allowing visitors to explore the underground mine workings of the unique site.


2,000 years ago the Romans brought their skills as water engineers to the site to remove vast tonnages of rock to reveal the ore bearing seams which contained tiny particles of gold.


Their original pick marks can still be seen in the Roman mine adits and can be visited on an underground tour.


Dolaucothi Goldmine Manager, Steve Thomas said that the 2013 season brought exciting changes.

 

“We’re looking forward to opening our doors to the public once again. It’s been a long winter but we’ve managed to get a lot of good work done over the closed season.

 

“We will be launching several exciting new projects - including ‘Romans in Carmarthenshire’ and 1930s mining interpretation – which will reinforce the gold mines and the wider estate as a major tourist attraction for Carmarthenshire”.


“The gold mines will be scheduling free guided tours of the Victorian and Roman underground mines on a daily basis for all National Trust Members,” he added.
 

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