Orichalcum - The metal of Atlantis

Enrico Mattievich

In this article we direct our attention toward oricahlcum, an unknown metal which sparkled like fire, extracted from the mines of Atlantis, used to cover stone walls, sidewalks and columns of Poseidon's temple. Hesiod mentioned it before Plato; and, as in previous work we identified the Atlas Mountain in the Peruvian Andes, we have a good opportunity to test our theory; searching references of this metal in autochthonous Peruvian sources. Fortunately, in the famous 'Chronicle' of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, lost for 300 years, we not only found the possible composition of orichalcum, but also its relation with a catastrophic Andean upheaval, probably simultaneous with the proto-historic eruption of Santorini.