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

Liam Bullock

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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:
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Liam Bullock was previously employed by GP Resource Mining Ltd (UK) (2015-2016), who worked in partnership with Tactical Environmental Response Ltd (UK) and GP Resource Mining PLC (Ethiopia), who previously held licences to explore for gold in Asosa.


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  • Ethiopia
  • Gold mining
  • Subduction
  • Tigray


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