The third quarter of 2013 will not go down as a memorable quarter for most junior gold companies. As the gold price continued to fall - pressured by statements from the US Federal Reserve about scaling back quantitative easing, a strengthening US economy, and Indian restrictions on gold imports - the valuations of many gold exploration companies stayed depressed.a However, it was not all bad news. Over the summer, drill programs were started and completed, attractive drill results were published, and several companies completed either financings or acquisitions of companies and properties. Here's a look at some of the junior gold companies that stood out in Q3. Started drilling In mid-July, Barisan Gold Corp (TSXV:BG) restarted exploration drilling at its Upper Tengkereng porphyry prospect in Indonesia. The company mobilized a drill rig and started drilling in late August after the Ramadan holiday. It planned to drill up to 3,000 meters, targeting high-grade zones intercepted in Hole UTD-002. On Aug. 1,a Colombian Minesa(TSXV: CMJ)astarted drillingaitsaYarumalito porphyry gold project. The 3,500- to 4,000-meter drill program is being managed and funded by Teck Resources (NYSE:TCK,TSX:TCK.B), which has an option agreement with Colombian Mines valued at $15.5 million.aUnder the agreement, Teck may earn up to 70 percent of the project by spending at least $10 million on exploration and making combined cash payments and private placements of $5.5 million. In mid-AugustaTarsis Resourcesa(TSXV:TCC)astarted exploring its Yago gold-silver property in Mexico, which it recently acquired from Almaden Mineralsa(TSX:BRI,OTCQX:BRIZF) entered into an agreement withaBrazilian Gold Corporation (TSXV:BGC), where Brazil Resources will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Brazilian Gold for approximately $13.5 million. PEA In the third quarter, Santa FeaGold Corporation (OTCBB:SFEG),aMoss Lake Gold Mines (TSXV:MOK), andaMajestic Gold Corp. (TSXV:MJS) all announced positive preliminary economic assessments (PEAs).