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Libya - a part of Atlantis? - Ulf Richter

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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2008, 11:15:51 pm »

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   posted 01-25-2005 09:21 AM                   
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Ulf,
You provided an excellent link about ancient ships, which claims the oldest ship drawings are located in Egypt's Eastern Desert, between the Nile River and the Red Sea.
That region also contains ruins of the oldest known gold mines. Ancient ships may have been used to transport the ancient gold,
so I am re-posting here a message which I previously put in the Zep Tepi topic.

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Research during 2002-2005 has located what is believed to be the earliest goldsmiths in the world. Tentatively the culture is dated 5500-3100 BC. It was located in southeast Egypt, near the Red Sea, in the Valley of Daghbeg.
quote from the Discovery Channel in Feb 2002: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20020204/egyptian.html

The discovery of several mines that date to 5,500-3,100 B.C. in southern Egypt leads researchers there to believe the ancient Egyptians were the first to extract gold and to use the precious metal for making jewelry.

While the exact dates of the mines have yet to be confirmed, researcher Ali Barakat of Egypt's Geological Survey Authority recently told the Egyptian State Information Service that the Egyptians who lived both near the Red Sea and in the Valley of Daghbeg were the world's first goldsmiths.

Barakat added that the ancient Egyptians were the first to map geological charts of gold mines. He also said that they developed an effective technique for extracting gold from quartz veins.
According to Barakat, remnants of tools and ditches suggest that workers would grind stone containing gold into a fine powder. Water would be added to help dissolve deposits. The mixture then was poured into square-shaped basins that would trap sediments and leave the gold for collecting.

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Although the metal was plentiful, it was reserved for nobility.

"The Egyptians referred to it as the skin, or the flesh, of the gods," she said. "Because of its color, gold was also associated with the sun."

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That article by Discovery Channel was based on a press release in January 2002 by the Egyptian State News Agency. http://www.sis.gov.eg/online/html4/o230821.htm

One very interesting element of this story is that large "channels" have now been discovered in association with perhaps the earliest gold mining culture in the world.

These archaeological finds help to explain the function (i.e. sedimentary ore processing) of some upstream "channels" in Plato's story of Atlantis.

And farthermore, the ancient Egyptians had told Solon/Plato that Atlantis had a massive amount of gold, as reported in Critias 120e-121a. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0180

Critias 120e
Consequently they thought scorn of everything save virtue and lightly esteemed their rich possessions, bearing with ease

[121a] the burden, as it were, of the vast volume of their gold and other goods; and thus their wealth did not make them drunk with pride so that they lost control of themselves


Mythically speaking, this 5500-3100 BC period for Egypt's Daghbeg gold mines can correlate to the "golden age" which was ruled by the Greek god Cronos.







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