Macedonia, Amphipolis, Μεταλλεία Κασσάνδρας

Σαν συνεχιστές της μεταλλευτικής ιστορίας της Χαλκιδικής, We also feel obliged to stand close to the followers of the historical memory of Amphipolis

Disclosure of the monument of Hill Kasta in Amphipolis turns again look at the grandeur of ancient Greece that was based largely on the exploitation of mineral wealth. Today this story continues, hooking up with many ways of Amphipolis and Halkidiki: from their history, until their current dominant position in historical and economic evolution of modern Greece.

[ Reportage ]

In this sense, wanting to see how reflected this historical development today, We were in Mesolakkia, having our next Costas Melito, new engineer and Mayor of Amphipolis. Making reports under, We recorded:

  • the passion of its inhabitants, I expect this development new principle of modern Greece
  • the modest and humble effort of the Mayor to do what,What can help in terms of infrastructure and work conditions, supporting practical, direct labour operations, the team of archaeologists and relevant services that carry the load of the excavation activity
  • dozens of people with historical memory and conscience that we saw in a few hours to visit the site.

"This picture, changing all our data. Is the positive Visual that we all need in such a situation ", said Smaragda Achtaridoy from Thessaloniki.

Leaving, at a stop in the Lion of Amphipolis, among a group of Spaniards motorists who decided to visit the Amphipolis and get to know the history of Macedonia, We saw a new student, the Georgia Theofanidoy, I just returned with her father from the Tei of Serres where starts her studies: "We feel proud again", told us. "We are now starting our lives we need something important, something in which we can believe, for our region and for our country ".

This is the most important point about the new historical evolution that we experience all of us. The Visual that helps us to understand how the gold, that a very large percentage of secured the power of Greece in ancient times, can unlock the value of modern Greece, to give vision and resources to do so, to carry out.

[ Resources from the subsoil ]

In antiquity, the exploitation of the mineral wealth was an integral part of economic life and power of Greece. From the Laurion silver who played an important role in the development of the Athens of Pericles, until the gold of Macedon that ensure the validity of the Macedonian Kingdom.

The mining activity, played an important role in the emergence of ancient Greece, a reference point of world history. It is indicative that the power and the wealth of Athens which is reflected in the Parthenon, the ' symbol ' of Greece, broadly and relied on the exploitation of the mineral wealth of Athenian Alliance. While the campaign of Alexander the great, sponsored by the gold of Paggaio and Chalkidiki.

According to historical sources, the biggest mining centers holding gold and silver, and even on a global scale, worked in antiquity in Halkidiki, in the area of Northeastern Kavalas, in Thassos and near the river Echedwro, in the area of Filippiada, While one of the largest silver mining centers in the history of mankind was the Lavrio.

[ The "gold" of Macedonia: Pangeo – Halkidiki ]

In Macedonia, Pageos and Halkidiki mines operated by the 1300 e.g.. as key pillars of gold production on a global scale, While there are excavation reports and findings showing that gold is produced on the eastern side of Thassos as early 2300 e.g..

In the time of Herodotus, alongside the mines gold mining of Thassos, developing and mining of "Skaptis Material" in the region while others pangeo, When others of Northeastern Kavalas. Total, both mining centers produced gold worth 300-400 ταλάντων (equates to approximately 26 pounds in matching silver) annually.

Then, developed primarily gold holdings in Pangeo and in Halkidiki with the value of the annual production to exceed 500 talanta.

Regarding the validity of the Macedonian Kingdom, largely based on mineral wealth and the standard organisation of mines in the region. The size of the wealth of the Macedonian "chryseiwn" imprinted in gold quintals, the currency is issued by the 352 until the 336 e.g.. and circulated to the 2nd b.c.. century, not just in Macedonia, but in Rome. With this currency Macedonia managed to compete the dareikoys quintals "», While the monetary war prevailed with their silver drachmas.

[ The mining history of CHALKIDIKI ]

In the North-East Halkidiki region saved more than 300 Wells and about 200.000 cubic meters of ancient metallurgical scrap, common "slags", from the "ekkamineysi" of minerals. The mining history of the Stratwnikoy terms that passes from antiquity to Byzantium and then in Ottoman period, to reach the Bodossaki era and in modern development of Kassandra Mines, fills a path 25 centuries. Until the modern harnessing of gold that can make Greece the most important producer and exporter in Europe.

[ The modern «gold» of Amphipolis and Chalkidiki ]

Today, After the discovery of the burial mound of the Hill Kasta, the excavation activity in Amphipolis attracts again the interest of humanity to the grandeur of ancient Greece and the role played by the exploitation of the mineral wealth. And turning back to look at the challenge of modern Greece: the transition to new era, based on the exploitation of mineral wealth, then the mining history and create a new chapter: "The exploitation of gold of CHALKIDIKI».

And as excavation activity in Amphipolis is bringing back to mind the greatness of Greek history, as the project progresses and the exploitation of the mineral wealth of Halkidiki for highlighting of the mining capital of modern Greece. The evolution of these two stories, beyond the historical connection and passes in practice with the technical support of the municipality of Amphipolis, from people of Greek Gold, in an effort to support the project anaskafikoy:

"As followers of the mining history of CHALKIDIKI, We also feel obliged to stand close to the followers of the historical memory of Amphipolis. Whichever way. Without ever asking any return. We did and will do ",
Michael Theodorakopoulos, Deputy CEO of Greek Gold.

Republished by Mining News

Leave a Reply