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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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2. The Bronze Age

As with the Stone Age, the Bronze Age is difficult to pin down in terms of dates, particularly as there is strong evidence that stone weapons and tools were still being used when man had begun to smelt and fashion copper into weapons, creating an extended passage of time from the Stone to the Bronze Age. It is also the case that gold was well known in the Bronze Age, so whilst we tend to define the period as one where there was a major technological breakthrough enabling copper to be alloyed with tin to create bronze for weapons and metallic items, the mining and usage of other metals, including lead and zinc, went on in tandem.

It is also the case that copper objects were found long before the onset of the Bronze Age; the ...

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