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The Gold Mine that Supported the Roman Empire: Las Médulas


Language: English

In the 1st century A.D. the Roman Imperial authorities began to exploit the gold deposits of this region in north-west Spain, using a technique based on hydraulic power. After two centuries of working the deposits, the Romans withdrew, leaving a devastated landscape. Since there was no subsequent industrial activity, the dramatic traces of this remarkable ancient technology are visible everywhere as sheer faces in the mountainsides and the vast areas of tailing, now used for agriculture.


on this subject: WHC documentation about this site


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Place/region: Las Medulas, Spain, Europe
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: NHK; UNESCO TV
Coproducer/sponsor: UNESCO WHC
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Rights: NHK; UNESCO TV
 

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UMVS reference: AVFONDS-000239-NHK-803-Hi
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