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Lasers discover network of ancient mines in Spain

Roman mining network discovered near the Las Médulas in the León province.
Roman mining network discovered near the Las Médulas in the León province. Image by Jim Trodel / CC BY-SA 2.0

Archaeologists in Spain have used airborne lasers to uncover the existence of a 2,000-year-old network of ancient mines in northwest Spain. The mines in León province provide evidence that the Romans diverted rivers to assist them in mining. Researchers are hoping to discover why they moved from gold reserve to gold reserve, appearing to abandon the metal as a resource. Read more: thelocal.es