Nuevas evidencias del impacto de la minería aurífera romana mediante el estudio de marcadores geomorfológicos, drones y lidar en los piedemontes zamoranos

  1. J. Fernández-Lozano 1
  2. J.A. Blanco-Sánchez 2
  3. R.M. Carrasco 3
  4. J. Pedraza 4
  5. J. Remondo 1
  6. J. Bonachea 1
  7. A. González Díez 1
  8. A. Bernardo-Sánchez 5
  9. A.J. Méndez-Cecilia 5
  10. G. Gutiérrez-Alonso 2
  1. 1 Universidad de Cantabria

    Universidad de Cantabria

    Santander, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


  3. 3 Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Ciudad Real, España


  4. 4 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Madrid, España

    ROR 02p0gd045

  5. 5 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España


XV Reunión Nacional de Cuaternario Bizkaia Aretoa: Bilbao, 1-5 julio 2019. Libro de resúmenes

Publisher: Universidad del País Vasco = Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

ISBN: 978-84-17713-16-4

Year of publication: 2019

Pages: 114-117

Congress: Reunión Nacional de Cuaternario (15. 2019. Bilbao)

Type: Conference paper


The identification of Roman gold mining activity in plateau areas represents one of the most challenging tasks for the reconstruction of ancient mining landscapes. This article explores the presence of geomorphological features using LiDAR and UAV technology to reveal evidences of gold mining activity in an unknown sector from Zamora (NW Spain). The comparison with other well-known plateau mining sectors allow to establish the prospection method carried out by the Romans for the location of gold-rich areas. Prospection tasks consisted in the distribution of water tanks and a complex drainage system used for ground-sluicing the gold-bearing deposits. This method implies that mining works were carried out seasonally, during the humid periods or until a new water tanks recharge. The results suggest that large-scale changes on the landscape arelinked to Roman mining and provide an overview of the important human impact in the light of the recent Quaternary