The New Sawyer Project’s land package is 246.6 hectares and contains the historic New Sawyer Gold Mine which includes 12 identified vertical shafts. The property lies within the Sawyer-Keystone Gold Trend (“Sawyer Trend”), a >20 km long structurally-controlled alignment of volcanic-hosted, Haile-type alteration and historic gold mines (Moye, 2018). The New Sawyer mine and the Sawyer Trend are located in Randolph County, North Carolina.
The mine was in operation before the turn of the century, but no production figures are available. It is hosted in Haile-type sericitically altered volcanic rocks and lie along an extensive zone of mineralization going several miles to the southwest.
Some sampling was carried out in the 1930s (Carpenter, 1976). Several shafts, some of up to 100 feet in depth, were sunk on the property in the late 1800s, probably by the same people that worked the Sawyer Mine, three miles to the southwest.
Numerous old trenches and workings are scattered along a ridge of intensely altered volcanic rocks for over 1000 feet. One old report quotes assays from .057 to .24 ounces per ton in the old workings, with one 87 feet width averaging 0046 ounces per ton (Pardee and Park, 1948).
The New Sawyer Mine, like the Sawyer to the southwest, has been labeled by some as being hosted in a hot springs, exhaustive gold system, at or near the top of the Umwharrie Formation (Worthington, et al, 1980). This is the same stratigraphic vicinity in which is found the Haile, Brewer, and possibly Ridgeway discoveries, and this volcanic-sediment contact has repeatedly proven itself a worthy setting to explore. (Worthington and Kiff, 1970).
In the late 1980s, it was trenched and a small amount of drilling was performed in the property. Extensive ore-grade gold bearing rock can be found in trenches across a thousand feet of strike length and in places up to 100 feet in width. Subsequent limited RC drilling has shown ore grades to 60 feet in depth above low-grade mineralization. The property has potential for hosting a large tonnage, low-grade disseminated gold deposit of Haile type, but additional trenching and drilling is warranted. The anomalies that have been located are for the most part open ended to the northeast and southwest. Old prospect pits can be found on the property for a strike distance of 3000 feet.