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A Romanian dispute over the historical value of an ancient Roman gold mine has been reignited following a leaked government report.
The battle concerns whether the gold mine should be preserved for its historical rarity or mined for its contents, reported Fox News.
The report in question was prepared three years ago by British archeology experts, who had been asked to determine if the gold mine in question might be worthy of the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finding in favor of the site’s chances of becoming a favored UNESCO site, the report prompted the Romanian government to stay an approval of invasive operations at the site and nearby, according to a report in the Independent, a British newspaper.
Authored by two professors of Roman archeology and a director of archaeology at an environmental consulting firm, the report called the site “the most extensive and most important underground Roman gold mine known anywhere."
“They had kept the report under wraps for three years. It was commissioned by Romania’s ministry of culture and funded by the non-profit organization Pro Patrimonio, which works to protect the country’s cultural heritage,” read the story from Fox News.