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The Bronze Age

The bronze age is estimated to have started around 3300 BC. Still, all civilisations entered the bronze age at a different pace. The bronze age plays a vital role in the human history and our development into the technical and global beings we are today. Read more about this fascinating era on this website.

Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 - Caryatid Mirror - 1983.196 - Cleveland Museum of Art

The Importance of Metallurgy

The bronze age was preceded by stone age when all the weapons and tools were made from stone or wood. The introduction of smelting and casting bronze equipment was a catalyst for a huge leap in development. Plenty of new tools were invented or improved in the bronze age that lasted longer and were quicker to make. Spearheads and axes previously made from stone were now cast from bronze by adding tin to copper. This new technology later resulted in finding even better techniques such as casting iron which marked the end of this era and the beginning of iron age at about 1200 BC.

From Bronze Age to Modern World

The bronze working is estimated to have started with the ancient Sumerians that lived between the two major rivers Euphrates and Tigris now located in current Iraq. The invention of bronze made it easier to develop warfare and hunting equipment, but it also had an impact on agriculture. With the new tools, more land could be cultivated, and more food prepared, which saw the growth of the communities into huge cities and finally into social and political centres. At this age, the trade routes began to develop, which has ultimately resulted in the global world we now live in. Trading is still popular today and you can visit to learn more.