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Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck

Gleaming cast metal called orichalcum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, have been recovered from a shipwreck that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily.

The lumps of metal were arriving to Gela in southern Sicily, possibly coming from Greece or Asia Minor. The ship that was carrying them was likely caught in a storm and sank just when it was about to enter the port.

“The wreck dates to the first half of the sixth century,” Sebastiano Tusa, Sicily’s superintendent of the Sea Office, told Discovery News. “It was found about 1,000 feet from Gela’s coast at a depth of 10 feet.”

He noted that the 39 ingots found on the sandy seafloor represent a unique finding. Read more.

GRIEVING THE LOSS OF INCOME

Mourners gathered around the site of a well-known orichalcum vein in the Southsun Cove yesterday which has seemingly run dry. Tears were shed and words were shared about the impact that losing this backbone of their economy will be. “It’s always been there for me… like a rock…. well, not just a physical rock, but like… a metaphorical rock of sorts. It was a constant in this crazy world we live in,” said one of the eulogizers.

The grief stricken miners then laid a plaque next to the site which read, “You’re so vein, you probably think this plaque is about you,” and then shared a moment of silence before departing.

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A snippet of an Orichalcum (Jenny Tucker & Amber O'Hara) performance, filmed by Mikhail Ally, January 20th at the Big Haus, Atlanta. 2012

This 2,600-Year-Old Discovery May Prove Atlantis Existed

This 2,600-Year-Old Discovery May Prove Atlantis Existed

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A team of marine archaeologists has made the discovery of a lifetime, one that could prove the existence of the mythological city Atlantis.

While recovering a ship that sunk 2,600 year ago off the coast of Sicily, researchers discovered a rare metal thought to be purely legendary, Discovery News reports.

Greek philosopher Plato wrote about an expensive metal called “orichalcum,” which was widely…

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Orichalcum: Legendary Metal of Atlantis, Or Just A Common Ore?

Earlier this year, several world news organizations reported that archaeologists had recently recovered 39 ingots of orichalcum from a 2,600-year-old shipwreck, found ten feet underwater off the coast of Sicily, near the town of Gela. (For those not familiar with the name, according to Plato, orichalcum was a type of copper broadly used by the legendary Atlantians.)

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It looks as though the New York trip may have to be cut short.

The opportunity of recovering orichalcum from an Atlantean shipwreck is far too unique to pass over. I have spoken with some of my associates in Sicily, and I would quite prefer to take possession of the orichalcum myself before having to resort to auction.

That, however, will require immediate action.

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Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck : DNews

Gleaming cast metal called orichalcum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, has been recovered from a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily.

The lumps of metal were arriving to Gela in southern Sicily, possibly coming from Greece or Asia Minor. The ship that was carrying them was likely caught in a storm and sunk just when it was about to enter the port.

“The wreck dates to the first half of the sixth century,” Sebastiano Tusa, Sicily’s superintendent of the Sea Office, told Discovery News. “It was found about 1,000 feet from Gela’s coast at a depth of 10 feet.”

Atlantis’ Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck 

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Gleaming cast metal called orichalcum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, has been recovered from a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily.

The lumps of metal were arriving to Gela in southern Sicily, possibly coming from Greece or Asia Minor. The ship that was carrying them was likely caught in a storm and sunk just when it was about to enter the port.

“The wreck dates to the first half of the sixth century,” Sebastiano Tusa, Sicily’s superintendent of the Sea Office, told Discovery News. “It was found about 1,000 feet from Gela’s coast at a depth of 10 feet.”

He noted that the 39 ingots found on the sandy sea floor represent a unique finding.

“Nothing similar has ever been found,” Tusa said. “We knew orichalcum from ancient texts and a few ornamental objects.”

Indeed orichalcum has long been considered a mysterious metal, its composition and origin widely debated.

According to the ancient Greeks, it was invented by Cadmus, a Greek-Phoenician mythological character. The fourth century B.C. Greek philosopher Plato made orichalcum a legendary metal when he mentioned it in the Critias dialogue.

Describing Atlantis as flashing “with the red light of orichalcum," he wrote that the metal, second only in value to gold, was mined in the mythical island and was used to cover Poseidon’s temple interior walls, columns and floors.

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. [more]

anonymous asked:

Any idea how can I get Orichcalum? I need one more to upgrade my keyblade to a level 11 and it's so hard! I'm on quest 90 something.

Every 25 Story Quests you get one Orichalcum, plus one more from the “Event” Quest section under Proud Quest: Power’s Challenge Objective, which is to “Equip only Magic Medals”. The Proud Quests are a permanent feature in the game and won’t be going away, so don’t worry if you can’t achieve this right away.

oh-yeah-mister-krabs  asked:

I'm making a Gemsona based off the Mythical metal, Orichalcum. Her role would that she created the diamonds, any other details. I also made a counter based off of an Obsidian, making it look demonic. Any ideas you wanna help throw out?

For Orichalcum, you’d be very careful when writing that idea. Since we don’t know where the Diamonds come from or why they’re in charge, your idea may either be mute or supported. I would think about why would Orichalcum want to create the Diamonds. Where did they come from? Are they relevant now in Gem Culture? What are the Diamond’s relationships with here and do they forcefully hide her existence from Gem Culture or do they respect her? Or is it a bit of both. Writing her shouldn’t be a problem if you make her a believable character, but sometimes making “super secret god” that’s behind the scenes of the super big villains of the show can be seen as lazy and poor writing. (It would be interesting if the Diamonds were made to be stronger than Orichalcum).

As for Obsidian, when you say counter do you mean a counterpart of Orichalcum? It’s a bit odd that a common volcanic glass gemstone would be the “demonic” counterpart of a mythical metal? Why not something relative to another mythical mineral like Adamant? Are they supposed to be the “bad version” of Orichalcum? Why’s that? Are they another creation of Orichalcum (if that’s the case, Adamant would be a good choice because it was believed to refer to diamonds)? Also, having characters being demonic and associated with black or darkness is very cliched (also some people might take offense to it). It would be interesting if they and Orichalcum had a rivalry and constantly badmouth each other because of something happening between them. I would play with “demonic” or “evil” tropes you usually see for those kind of villains. 

We have landed in Sicily.

This is the view from the rather small flat we’ve rented for the duration of our stay. I do not anticipate spending more than a few days’ time here–I will be sailing out to the wreck recovery site later today and once securely back on dry land will be able to inspect some of the 39 ingots of orichalcum that have been recovered.

Sincerely,