Bucharest, 4. February 2015 – On Friday, 6 February 2015 Rosia Montana celebrates 1884 years since its first documented evidence. Alburnus Maior, the Latin name of Rosia Montana, was mentioned for the first time on the wooden wax tablet no. XVIII found in the local mines and dated 6 February 131. On this occasion, Save Rosia Montana Campaign organizes the fifth edition of Rosia Montana’s Anniversary in more than 20 cities in Romania and internationally.
Rosia Montana’s Anniversary is an event that promotes the mining cultural heritage of Rosia Montana and its role in the local community’s history; at the same time it highlights the need to protect and capitalise on this cultural landscape threatened by a cyanide-based large scale mining project.
The event invites the audience to participate in a very dense and varied programme, including films, photo and object exhibitions, debates about the cultural heritage of Rosia Montana or the struggle against the mining project, theatre plays, workshops and concerts.
In 2015 Rosia Montana’s Anniversary will be celebrated in more than 20 cities around Romania and internationally: Brussels (Belgium), London (UK), Munich (Germany), Chisinau (Rep. of Moldova), Paris (Paris), Toronto (Canada), Breda (Netherlands), Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Constanta, Iasi, Rosia Montana and many others.
Rosia Montana deposits vestiges of extraordinary value, evidence of mining activities developed over more than two millennia. The cultural landscape of Rosia Montana, shaped by traditional mining practiced here since the Bronze Age and developed gradually in Roman times, the Middle Ages and Modern era, is one of the most representative mining landscapes of Europe.
The pre-historic vestiges that attest underground mining, the vast system of underground exploitations initiated in the 1st century BC and extended until recently, in the 1970s and the associated aboveground elements have an universal value.
Rosia Montana is threatened by a gold mining project that would dynamite and turn into dust the entire cultural site. Thousands of people around the world, international institutions and forums, and public persons have rallied to the local community resisting and opposing the development of the mining project and expressed their opinion in favour of rejecting the project and preserving the cultural landscape.