Justinian Gold Mines
The world's oldest known gold artifacts belong to an ancient Eastern European civilization. They are 6,000 years old and the precious metal came from the fabled Transylvanian Alps or the Mount Pangaion in Thrace.
A thousand years later the Iraq’s Sumerians have also started to create beautiful gold jewelry. At 2,500 B.C. Pharaoh’s tombs were for the first time adorned with gold.
About 3,200 years ago the Argonauts raided upon Black Sea alluvial miners that used sheepskins – the Golden Fleece - to catch placer gold grains.
Some 1,900 years ago the Romans hit the jackpot when they managed to conquer Dacia and spoil it of 5 million pounds of gold and 10 million pounds of silver. Hardrock gold mines were subsequently opened up in the Transylvanian Alps.