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Sicily, Discovery News reports. The 2,600-year-old ship, likely from Greeceor somewhere in Asia Minor, was carrying the metal to Gelain southern Sicilywhen it was caught in a storm and sank around 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the port.
"Nothing similar has ever been found," Sebastiano Tusa of Sicily's Sea Office says. "We knew orichalcum from ancient texts and a few ornamental objects." According to Plato’s Critias, the metal was mined only on Atlantis, where it was used to cover the inside of Poseidon’s temple.