Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

During the Stalin’s period gold mining prospered in different corners of the USSR. The lack of this metal determined the gold finders to cherish. The Soviet state wasn’t considering the costs of such gold because again, of the great lack of this material. After Iosiv Stalin’s death such large-scale mining operations were stopped. Now, in Georgia some citizens are refreshing their grandfathers methods.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Only several families mine gold.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

But farming is their main job.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Also some citizens are producing hooch.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Gold is mined near the river.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

An old-fashioned machinery still works good.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

But sometimes a little repair and tuning is needed.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

A stone helps to fix wooden trough.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

The principle of washing gold is simple, gold is heavier, and it settles on the bottom of the trough, and if it blows by the water, it gets stuck at the end of  the trough, where is  board with slats attached under which  the rags are being put.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Praying before work.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

A pit is digging to the layer where is gold. Pit dug near the stone, because near it the sand comes across. Then stone’s plates are uprooted.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Sand scraped into a bucket for further washing.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

As the bucket is filled, all the contents are poured into a trough with running water.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

This is the size of ones found gold nugget.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Heavy gold settles first and get stuck here.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Then dismantling of the structure begins. Carefully and slowly.At first,the trough is being removed.  Then the inner board is taken out. Rags with sand are put in a pan, and washed , whatever one grain of sand is not lost.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Here is the little nugget

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

A few grains of gold on a background of sand.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

The gold is put into a bottle.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

After work, the hooch is ready. Old grandmother looked after it.

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Very old mining tools are found often. This can tell, that gold mining on this river prospered more earlier, than Stalin’s period.

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2 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia”

  1. Beware of some Canadian guys named Gabriel Resources…They might come and offer you great “jobs opportunity” working for them and poisoning the river with cyanide. See Romania’s Rosia Montana Gold Corporation if you have pacience reading about it.

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