Discovered by the Aton team in December 2017 using spectral imaging and remote sensing techniques, exploration at Rodruin has been fast-tracked with the first drill results received in September 2018. The area was completely unknown and not recorded prior to discovery, presumably due to its remote and rugged location well away from the main access routes in the general area, although the local Bedouin tribes made rumour of a large ancient mine on top of a mountain, but did not know of its location.

Tim Neall, Aton Senior Exploration Geologist, approaching ancient workings at Aladdin’s Hill, 4 December 2017

The Rodruin area was first visited in December 2017 by an Aton field team, with major underground workings discovered in the Aladdin’s Hill area. It was immediately recognised that the Rodruin prospect was a very significant discovery, and Aton have since fast-tracked exploration at the project. To date a 4.5km access road has been constructed to the prospect area, surface and underground sampling, surface channel sampling and geological mapping have been undertaken, on the basis of which a first-pass programme of reverse circulation percussion (RC) drilling was planned and started at the end of August 2018, with the first assay results received at the end of September 2018. Drill hole ROP-003 has returned a mineralised intersection of 36m @ 12.47 g/t Au, from 5m depth.