Hutite has a long history of gold-exploitation and mining. Numerous stone hut dwellings, alluvial gold traps, ancient bedrock workings, washing tables and remnant Roman-era grinding stones indicate that Hutite was an important area for mining by the ancients since at least the Roman times. Ancient mining at Hutite appears to have been focussed on exploiting numerous outcropping up to ~1-1.5m-wide dark-grey and commonly brecciated (smokey) quartz veins. Subsequent mining and stoping took place by the British in the early to mid 1900’s. In-situ quartz veins within remnant pillars between hanging wall and foot wall indicate that a network of individual gold-bearing quartz veins width were the primary ore targets. Mining at Hutite finished in the 1950s after Gen. Nasser assumed control of Egypt and nationalised many industries.
Figure 4. Ancient trench (actual positions) and more recent tunnel workings (projected to map surface) present at Hutite.
Exploration completed by Thani Ashanti between 2009 and 2013 included detailed mapping, structural survey, rock chip and trench sampling. During this period ~30,000 meters of diamond core drilling was completed and an in-house resource estimate (non-JORC) of 520,000 oz gold obtained.
Figure 5. Drilling at main deposit at Hutite (Central Domain) with drill-traces projected onto a detailed satellite image. Significant gold-intercepts highlighted as red with best intersections annotated in the text boxes (Au, g/t).