Rosia Montana Gold Corporation published on Wednesday a document in reply to the report drawn up by Andrew Wilson, David Mattingly and Mike Dawson, three British archaeology experts who examined in 2010 the heritage of the Rosia Montana commune and reached the conclusion that the locality can be included on the UNESCO world heritage list.
“British archaeologist David Jennings, currently holding the position of Director of the York Archaeological Trust and former Director of Oxford Archaeology, an institution involved in the research program of the Rosia Montana heritage as early as since 2008, has thoroughly analyzed the report formulated by Andrew Wilson David Mattingly and Mike Dawson, that has been recently made public, providing counterarguments for each conclusion presented in the report,” the mining company said in a release.
According to RMGC, David Jennings stated that “the impact on the heritage of many major development projects carried out in Europe is similar to that of the Rosia Montana project, where complex heritage management measures are being designed, according to the proposal of RMGC, by using various strategies, such as in situ selective preservation, alongside conservation through inventory/registration.”
In the opinion of Jennings, the report conducted by the three experts shows significant deficiencies. “From the point of view of a professional evaluation, the report is compromised by substantial demonstrable errors and errors of argumentation” said David Jennings. The analysis also shows that the recommendation included in the report that the entire site should be preserved “in situ” is inadequate, being based on three misconceptions: “An exaggeration of the importance of the site; The lack of appreciation of the precarious state of preservation and precarious integrity of many heritage-related objectives due to intense exploitation, especially over the last 250 years, which had a huge impact on the earlier phases of the heritage and left behind a largely non-rehabilitated and massive polluted environment; The lack of a professional opinion on the amount of the costs entailed by a full conservation program (estimated at around 200-300 million dollars).”
Jennings pointed out that RMGC took the best decisions to reduce the impact of the mining project on the heritage and they came up with appropriate measures. “The company has initiated an extensive research campaign, without precedent in the history of the Romanian archaeology, it also turned to the advice and involvement of one of the greatest world specialists in mining archeology, Dr Beatrice Cauuet from the University of Toulouse, as regards the underground mining archaeology field, “ according to the analysis of David Jennings.