#Login Register


  • 4 Vote(s) - 5 Average
Home 


Atlantis' Legendary Metal, Orichalcum, Discovered in 2,600 Year-old Shipwreck
Anonymous Kritter Show this Post
01-07-2015, 09:29 AM #1
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
A Sicilian team has recovered 39 ingots of what is believed to be the mysterious metal of legend, orichalcum, from a shipwreck about 1,000 feet off the coast of Gela in southern Sicily at a depth of approximately 10 feet.


Quote:Orichalcum or aurichalcum is a metal mentioned in several ancient writings, including a story of Atlantis in the Critias dialogue, recorded by Plato. According to Critias, orichalcum was considered second only to gold in value, and was found and mined in many parts of Atlantis in ancient times. By the time of Critias, however, it was known only by name. In numismatics, orichalcum is the golden-colored bronze alloy used for the sestertius and dupondius coins. In many sources of pop culture, such as novels and video games, orichalcum is presented as a valuable ore that can be mined and crafted into powerful armor and weapons.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orichalcum

Quote:Today most scholars agree orichalcum is a brass-like alloy, which was made in antiquity by cementation. This process was achieved with the reaction of zinc ore, charcoal and copper metal in a crucible.

Analyzed with X-ray fluorescence by Dario Panetta, of TQ - Tecnologies for Quality, the 39 ingots turned to be an alloy made with 75-80 percent copper, 15-20 percent zinc and small percentages of nickel, lead and iron.

"The finding confirms that about a century after its foundation in 689 B.C., Gela grew to become a wealthy city with artisan workshops specialized in the production of prized artifacts," Tusa said.

The 39 ingots recovered from the wreck were indeed destined to these workshops and were used in high quality decorations.
http://news.discovery.com/history/archae...gn=rssnws1

The article goes on to detail an interesting (and french-y) theory by Enrico Mattievich, a retired Brazilian physics professor and author who believes the material recovered is not orichalcum and further, that orichalcum originated in the Peruvian Andes with the Chavin culture and that Greeks had reached the Americas sometime before 200 BC.

I found the below picture of the ingots in this Spanish language article on Blasting News. http://es.blastingnews.com/ocio-cultura/...19505.html

İmage
01-07-2015, 09:58 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:31,276 Threads:1,438 Joined:Feb 2011
Great find/post! I'm a believer that Salomon's mines and the land of Ophir was in South America to the desert SW, and all that transpired thousands of years ago.
I've seen a pic of a gold bar covered in bituminous with Salomon's seal on it, I believe it was found in New Mexico.
I'm not certain why TPTB keep us from our own history - but there is certainly an effort to keep who and what we are and where we came from a mystery.

wonder.gif
Anonymous Kritter Show this Post
01-07-2015, 10:14 AM #3
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
5 stars OP
01-07-2015, 10:52 AM #4
misterbumps Member
Posts:1,051 Threads:38 Joined:Apr 2012
very interesting

I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?
01-07-2015, 04:44 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:42,590 Threads:1,469 Joined:Feb 2011
Good post. Interesting indeed...



Home 




 



DISCLAIMER / Terms of Service (TOS):
Kritterbox.com - Socialize anonymously, commentary, discussion, oddities, technology, music and more!  This website is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. kritterbox.com shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, those resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this site or other documents which are referenced by or linked to this site.
This website exists solely for the purposes of exchange of information, communication and general entertainment. Opinions from posters are in no way endorsed by kritterbox.com. All posts on this website are the opinion of the authors and are not to be taken as statements of fact on behalf of kritterbox.com. This site may contain coarse language or other material that kritterbox.com is in no way responsible for. Material deemed to be offensive or pornographic at the discretion of kritterbox.com shall be removed. kritterbox.com reserves the right to modify, or remove posts and user accounts on this website at our discretion. kritterbox.com disclaims all liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of any material on this website. Fictitious posts and any similarity to any person living or dead is coincidental.
All users shall limit the insertion of any and all copyrighted material to portions of the article that are relevant to the point being made, with no more than 50%, and preferably less of the original source material. A link shall be visible in text format, embedded directly to the original source material without exception.
No third party links, i.e. blogs or forums will be accepted under any circumstances, and will be edited by staff in order to reflect the original source of copyrighted material, or be removed at the sole discretion of kritterbox.com.
Fair Use Notice:
This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Users may make such material available in an effort to advance awareness and understanding of issues relating to economics, individual rights, international affairs, liberty, science, and technology. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for educational and/or research purposes.
This Disclaimer is subject to change at any time at our discretion.
Copyright © 2011 - 2017 kritterbox.com