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Ben Pullinger, P.Geo., Senior Vice President Geology, Excellon Resources Inc.
Mr. Pullinger brings over 15 years of experience in advancing projects from early stage exploration through to production including marketing, financing, planning and execution. Most recently, he was Vice President Exploration at Roxgold Inc. where he made a significant contribution towards growing the 55 Zone at Yaramoko Project in Burkina Faso from a small inferred gold resource into a producing mine, and additionally discovered the high grade QV1 and Qv' gold resources as well as acquiring the Boussoura project. Mr. Pullinger has extensive international experience in Asia, South America, North America and Africa and serves on the board of Orford Mining. He is a Professional Geologist (Ontario) and holds an Honours Degree in Geology from the University of Johannesburg.
The Silver City Project encompasses a 36 km SW-NE strike by 1 to 5 km wide epithermal vein system situated west of the city of Freiberg (30 km southwest of Dresden). The immediate exploration license and surrounding area have a long and rich history of silver mining with numerous historic mining camps, small mines and prospects, many of which have only been explored and/or mined to shallow depths seldom exceeding 200 metres below surface.
Similar to the gold rush in North America, the silver rush in Europe originated in the ore mountains of Saxony, which were the source of wealth and power for the Saxon monarchy. Mining continued from the 12th to the 19th century but ceased when Germany abandoned the silver standard after the Franco-Prussian war and as the depth of mining operations became difficult with the methods then being employed. Sporadic silver mining continued from the 1880’s, but ultimately ceased in 1969 due to economic, political and technological limitations. In 2020 Excellon will be drilling the project for precious metals for the first time.
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