The Mazarrón Mining Reserves

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During the 19th and 20th centuries there was a resurgence in mining-industrial activity in Mazarrón due to the return to extraction of the Roman mines established in the San Cristóbal and Los Perules, the Pedreras Viejas and Fortuna Reserves, along with additional, smaller reserves.


This reactivation of mining activities made it necessary to create a large smelting area next to the Mazarrón Port for processing extracted minerals. The Mazarrón mine’s period of splendor in the modern era was in 1880, rooted in the investments made by firms such as the French company “Compañía de Águilas,” that made large investments in Mazarrón supported by the economic resources of other significant European firms such as the Rothschild family.

The mines were already operative in the Roman era, when they took advantadge of Mazarrón’s geological characteristics, its fast access to the sea and its closeness to Carthago Nova, acting as a distribution center for the primary materials produced there.

The Fortuna Reserve still has significant Roman engineering works such as the drainage gallery in addition to mineral extraction shafts and washing basins. The Roman company that extrated the mineral deposit was named Societas Montis Argentaris Ilvcro, and the trademark of this company has appeared inscribed in ingots found in Tiber, very close to Rome itself. Within the premises of the San Cristóbal and Los Perules Reserve the Roman Quarry can be found. This Quarry is a mine open to the sky which occupied a great rock face approximately 300 meters long and 25 meters high, which is still visible as an impressive and grandiose main face. The percussive marks of the extraction tools (picks, hammers and wedges) can still be seen on the walls and the elevated part contains orifices or the openings of sounding shafts.

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