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History of Gold Mining

history-of-mining-goldWe are all interested in finding, mining, and panning for gold.  This has been going on for a long time, especially in the United States since the mid-1800′s during the gold rush in California, Georgia, and Tennessee.  There is a current, smaller scale gold rush going on since the television networks have started syndicating shows about the topic, such as Gold Rush: Alaska, Gold Fever, and Prospecting America.  But what about a long, long time ago when the first people thought, “Hey, we all like these precious metals and stones from out of the ground.  I’m going to get rich by finding my own!”  Let us discuss the history of gold mining deeper…

Nobody really knows when people first began trying to find gold, but we do have some dates on old artifacts created out of gold.  These were discovered in Bulgaria at the Varna Necropolis.  The gold artifacts were found in graves which have been dated to some time around 4500 BCE.  This tells us that gold prospecting and gold mining is in face at least 6000 years old if not closer to 7000 years.

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