HomeHome / Total War: Rome II / Rome / Buildings / Trench Mine
Trench Mine RomeRome Mine Level 2

Trench Mine

Hills and valleys are cut open in large scale, open-air mining operations.

Mining in the Roman Republic, and later Empire, took many forms. Open-pit quarries provided the materials for monuments and statues, whereas shaft mines were used to extract copper, iron, lead, and tin, as well as gold and silver. As Roman territory grew, so did the need for materials, especially metal. This was not only to equip the legions, but also supply the demands of an increasingly Romanised world. Greater demand around the 1st century BC led to more efficient mining practices, such as 'hushing'. Vast reservoirs, controlled by sluice gates, would be used to create powerful waves to wash away soil from hillsides and reveal veins of ore. Shaft mining also became more sophisticated, with machines such as waterwheels and Archimedes’ screws being used, alongside slave labour, to lift water from purpose built sump chambers, thereby draining the mines.


Pit Mine
Pit Mine
Mine Level 0
Trench Mine
Trench Mine
Mine Level 1
Shaft Mine
Shaft Mine
Mine Level 2
Sluiced Mine
Sluiced Mine
Mine Level 3
Trench Mine

Building Name

Trench Mine

Level Name


Building Chain


Building Level


Create Time


Create Cost



150 wealth from mining (industry) (this_building)
-2 public order per turn (squalor) (this_province)

Provides Garrison Army

No Garrison Units

Recruitable Units

No Recruitable Units