From 10,000 BC onwards, the Watchers from the Sun taught early humans about gold, firstly looking for the alluvial kind and then later extracting it by mining. Gold is the softest and easiest of the metals to work. It occurs in a virtually pure and pliable state, renowned for its brilliance and permanence. They wanted us to appreciate its beauty and encouraged us to make artworks from it representing the Sun, the source of our life. The Incas referred to gold as the "tears of the Sun."
As far back as the first Egyptian dynasty in 3100 BC, a trading value was placed on gold (with a ratio of 2.5 to 1 part silver) but the Pharaohs and temple priests used gold chiefly for adornment. It was not their medium of exchange – for that, they used barley. The earliest gold treasure map dates back to the time of Seti I - the "Carte des mines d'or," depicting gold mines, miners' quarters, roads leading to the mines and gold-bearing mountains. The first use of gold as money was in 700 BC by the Kingdom of Lydia (western Turkey), whose merchants minted gold coins. By the time of Croesus, the last King of Lydia (570 -546 B.C.), they had amassed a huge hoard of the metal. By 550 BC Gold was money in ancient Greece, with mines throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. Homer, in the "Iliad" and "Odyssey," mentions gold as the glory of the immortals. Unfortunately many ancient treasures of gold, such as the Aztec artifacts plundered by Cortez or the Golden Horns of Gallehus (Denmark), have not been respected for their historical value, but just melted down to redeem their monetary value. Ever since the Watchers left us to stand on our own feet in the 6th century BC, we’ve deemed gold to be currency rather than the source of inspired artworks, and thus severed a strand of our Solar heritage.