Children of the Phoenix
Ancients is a generic term given to the mysteriously vanished civilization which flourished throughout the Pleiades Cluster approximately 12000 years ago. At the apex of their civilization, the Ancients were highly advanced, and were clearly capable of technology which defies comprehension by the colonists of New Eden. The best known Ancient site is the ruins known as Atlantis, and the Ancients are often referred to as Atlanteans.
One of the mysteries of the Ancients is the appearance of stelae and other monuments inscribed with writing which appears to be the same as the Linear A script found in numerous archaeological sites on Earth around the Mediterranean Basin. It appears that the Ancients visited Earth approximately 4000 years ago, although every site in the Pleiades Cluster that has been found appears to have been abandoned for more than 8000 years. While it is reasonable to assume that the Ancient civilization migrated away from the Pleiades Cluster, there is no reasonable hypothesis to explain a gap of 40 centuries between abandoning their outposts among the Pleiades, and then visiting Earth. There do not appear to have been any long-term outposts of intermediary age among the inhabitable worlds between the two stellar systems.