Authenticity

The area proposed currently constitutes a detailed testimony to unparalleled Roman gold mining and humanity’s relationship with the landscape, as well as to more than two millennia of mining practices by successive empires and cultures. It contains attributes that are high in authenticity in terms of the location and the form and materials of surviving historic features, with a clear sense of how, when and by whom mining shaped the land.

In terms of knowledge, unparalleled epigraphic and documentary evidence combined with a decade of intensive systematic archaeological investigation has already provided a major contribution to the understanding of Roman mining techniques and organisation. Significant potential remains for the Roman period as well as for further stages in the mining landscape evolution.