November 16, 2012 on: Mining

Boroo Gold LLC has denied accusations from local media that it has mined a site with ancient remains of the Huns.

Local newspaper Udriin Shuudan said it had become apparent that operations had begun there while questioning a local expert what the impact would be. “Noyon Mountain has been spoiled a lot from the Tuv Aimag side,” said U. Bavuu, a consultant to the General Museum of Selenge Aimag. “Now, if a major mining company starts operating from the Zuunkharaa side, there will be nothing left of this mountain.”

Noyon Mountain is where evidence of the ancient Hun settlements of the second and third centuries still stand today in Mongolia. The area's significance as a historical site has many deriding alleged gold mining operations believed to be taken place there. According to archaeologist N. Erdene-Ochir, the site is proof that the Xiongnu Empire existed within the borders of present-day Mongolia, where he says archeology teams have found monuments, settlements and over 200 tombs.

“Rare archaeological monuments that represent the centuries-long history of Mongolia and the period of prosperity of Mongolia are still being discovered,” said Erdene-Ochir.

Erdene-Ochir said he knows of no evidence that any historical remains have been lost due to poor protection and restoration of the area by mining firms. Boroo Gold has denied accusations that it has begun mining in the area and destroyed some artifacts in the process.

“Our company respects the legislation of Mongolia and undertakes its activities in compliance with applicable laws. Pursuant to the existing legislation, no companies are allowed to conduct exploration or mining operations in the areas under State protection,” said Boroo Gold spokesperson A. Ariunzaya.

She added that the site is not within Boroo Gold's license area and is, instead, 7 kilometers away.

SOURCE OF THIS ARTICLE : Business Council of Mongolia

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