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The flashy golden metal can only be brass, an alloy of copper and zinc of very difficult synthesis whose technology would only be mastered again in modern times.

The lavish use of metals by the Atlanteans extended to the gold and the silver used with abundance in their temples and palaces. Alexander, in his fabled conquest of the Indies, had the opportunity of seeing in person the multitude of golden pillars quite like the ones the kings of Atlantis used to inscribe their laws and edits. Proclus, a Neo-Platonic that commented Plato's works, tells how Crantor, another Neo-Platonic, could still see, in Egypt, the golden pillar that the priests of Sais showed to the tourists, and which was inscribed with scripts telling the story of the lost continent.

Proclus also affirms that Atlantis' remains formed an archipelago in the Outer Ocean, "beyond the Pillars of Hercules". In brief, many traditions concur in the fact that Atlantis was immensely rich in all sorts of metals and minerals such as gemstones, and particularly in tin, gold and silver, which it furnished to all nations of the ancient world. Traditions such as those of Solomon's fabulous mines in Ophir, or of heroes such as Ulysses and the Argonauts seeking the fabled golden realms of Phaeacia and Aiaia are no more than dim recollections of Atlantis, distorted and magnified to impossible limits by the ancient bards. So are the ancient traditions such as the bronzy walls of Hades, the golden and silvery mountains of the Far Orient, and the Eldorado of the Conquistadors, who mistook the Americas for the Indies, the true site of Atlantis-Eden.

Some of these golden realms are sunken cities like the flashy submarine realm of Poseidon (Aigaia), or the likewise superb golden palace of Triton, in the bottom of the Ocean. Others were explicitly submerged by the Flood, as was the case of golden Troy and its bronzy walls or the one of Atlantis itself. Finally, most were remote islands of the Far East, located beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Such was the case of the rosy Erytheia of Geryon and of the mysterious islands mentioned by Proclus, who equated them with the fabled remains of Atlantis.

In every case it is possible to show as we do elsewhere that all these half-sunken realms turned into islands are indeed the same as those of Indonesia. More exactly they also include the Moluccas (or Spice Islands or Golden Islands), as well as the nearby lands of Malasia (South and Southeast Asia). These forlorn islands are, moreover, the same as the Elysium or Isles of the Blest, the paradisial Hades where our dead Atlantean ancestors spend their eternal life in joyful banquets, games, dances, hunts and fishings. This dismal Paradise was yet the same the Egyptians called Punt (or Amenti or Duat, etc.).

17) Superior Science and Technology

The only hard evidence given by Plato of a superior technology utilized by the Atlanteans consists in the use of orichalc, the mysterious metal which "flashed like fire" and which they used to clad the walls of their citadel. As we adduced above (see item 16) orichalc or aurichalcum, that is "golden copper", as Pliny wrote is brass, an alloy of copper and zinc of a beautiful golden colour and superior mechanical properties.

The manufacture of brass was a technological feat that could only be repeated in modern times due to the difficulties inherent in the process. The fact that the Atlanteans could mass produce this alloy is a direct proof of their superior science and technology. So is, for that matter, the fact that they could mass produce metals and gemstones in quantity sufficient to supply the ancient nations with these items so difficult to procure and to process in the primitive conditions that were then prevalent.

The proofs of a superior science and technology possessed by the Atlanteans are of a twofold nature: traditional and factual.

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