What we're about to say might shock you: Atlantis isn't real. We know, we know. It's hard to take. But real or not, it's certainly played a huge role in Western cultural history, even turning up in a few of Plato's Dialogues. Here's something strange, though: Plato also mentioned orichalcum, a metal that was mined in Atlantis but known only by name in his time. But since 2015, a Sicilian archaeologist named Sebastiano Tusa has pulled up more than 80 ingots of the metal from a shipwreck on the bottom of the ocean. So how does a fake place make a real metal?
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Written by Curiosity Staff July 1, 2017
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