Aton has drilled high-grade mineralization on its untested North Ridge at Rodruin located in the Abu Marawat concession in Egypt’s Eastern Desert, showing returns of 8.74 g/t gold and 29.4 g/t silver across 12 meters.
The company is conducting diamond drilling at Rodruin, with 38 completed drill holes, ROD-048 and ROD-051 to ROD-087, for a total of 4,125 meters.
The ROD-072 and ROD-073 drill holes were aimed to test the “Death Slots” ancient workings on the North Ridge. The surface sampling had previously showed returns of up to 321 g/t Au. Additionally, the ROD-073 drill holes showed returns of “a mineralized intersection grading 8.74 g/t Au, 29.4 g/t Ag, 0.87% Cu, 1.04% Pb and 2.35% Zn over 12.0m, from 53.0m downhole depth,” the company said.
“These latest results from the previously undrilled Death Slots area again show the fantastic potential of the entire Rodruin deposit area, and we are sure there is a lot more to come,” said Tonno Vahk, Interim CEO.
“These new holes are testing ancient workings on the North Ridge which returned a number of high-grade assays from surface sampling, and due to the inaccessibility of the site, it has taken a while for us to be able to get up there and to drill them. But we have now done it and we are again very happy with the results. The extended diamond drilling program is continuing apace, and we still very much like what we are seeing. We are also about to kick off the planned infill RC drilling program at Hamama West very shortly, as we push this project forwards. Hamama West will be only the second modern gold mine developed in Egypt, and will be the first phase of the development of the overall Abu Marawat Concession area,” Vahk added.