Use this teaching resource in the classroom when learning about popular gold mining techniques originally used on the goldfields. These posters include information on panning. cradling. fossicking. sieves. windlass. All images used are in the public domain due to copyright expiry.Mining Techniques of the Sierra Nevada and Gold Country by Snowy Range Reflections staff Panning for Gold Panning was the oldest and simplest way to separate gold from surrounding rock. It was the most basic method to obtain placer gold.