Ethiopia could be sitting on one of world’s great untapped gold deposits

  • Liam Adam Bullock

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'

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To the west of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border lies a place called the Asosa zone. This may be the location of the oldest gold mine in the world. Dating back some 6,000 years, it provided a key source of gold to the ancient Egyptian empire, whose great wealth was famous throughout the known world. It may even have supplied the Queen of Sheba with her lavish gifts of gold when she visited King Solomon of Israel almost 3,000 years ago.

The excitement in this part of the world is more about the future, however. Some local inhabitants already make a living from prospecting, and several mining companies have been active in the area in recent years, too.

But what comes next could be on a much bigger scale:

Period24 Jan 2018

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  • TitleEthiopia could be sitting on one of world’s great untapped gold deposits
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date24/01/18
    DescriptionTo the west of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border lies a place called the Asosa zone. This may be the location of the oldest gold mine in the world. Dating back some 6,000 years, it provided a key source of gold to the ancient Egyptian empire, whose great wealth was famous throughout the known world. It may even have supplied the Queen of Sheba with her lavish gifts of gold when she visited King Solomon of Israel almost 3,000 years ago.

    The excitement in this part of the world is more about the future, however. Some local inhabitants already make a living from prospecting, and several mining companies have been active in the area in recent years, too.

    But what comes next could be on a much bigger scale:
    Producer/AuthorLiam Bullock
    URLhttps://theconversation.com/ethiopia-could-be-sitting-on-one-of-worlds-great-untapped-gold-deposits-90408
    PersonsLiam Adam Bullock