What Divers Discovered At The Bottom Of The Ocean Off Sicily Could Rewrite History

A team of divers and marine archaeologists was exploring a 2,600-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sicily when they discovered 39 ingots of ‘orichalcum,’ a mythical metal Plato said to have been exclusively forged in Atlantis.

The sunken ship that dates back to the 6th century BC thought to be from Greece, and was sunk in a storm 1,000 feet from the shore. The ingots they found are like nothing ever seen in the modern world.

These are two of the lumps of ‘orichalcum’ found on the seabed off the cost of Sicily.


Sebastiano Tusa / DailyMail


Sebastiano Tusa / DailyMail

It was said that Cadmus, an alchemist from Greek and Phoenician myth, invented the ‘orichalcum’ and was highly sought after. Its value was second only to gold in the ancient world. The ingots are made of copper, zinc, lead, iron, and nickel.



Orichalcum was said to line the halls of the Temple of Poseidon on the mythical kingdom of Atlantis.




If the ingots discovered by the divers are really the mythical orichalcum, then it means scientists are getting closer to solving the mystery of the lost kingdom of Atlantis.



These are the divers, led by professor Sebastiano Tusa (centre), who discovered the ingots on a 2,600-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Gela in Sicily.


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