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Copper: The Early History Copper, as we know it today, has been in existence all over the world for thousands of years. It was first used approximately 10,000 years ago in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. It was a highly regarded resource at that time and was commonly used for the production of mirrors [1]. Copper smelting began over 6,500 years ago in modern-day Israel, Jordan, and, Egypt [1,2]. It was not long until the use of copper spread throughout the world; making an impact on the lives of people in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Copper is combined with many different elements to make useful alloys that have impacted many aspects of our lives. One of the most important and oldest was created by combining copper and tin to create bronze. Bronze was discovered by the Egyptians
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Unformatted text preview: because they found that adding a small amount of tin to copper made it easier to cast [1]. Bronze was used so much at this time that the period after the Neolithic Era is collectively called the Bronze Age. During this time, between 2500 to 600 B.C.E., copper was being mined mainly in the British Isles, as seen below in Figure 1 [1]. Figure 1. Image of West Mine at Alderley Edge in Chesire [1]. References. [1] CSA Guide to Discovery “A Brief History of Copper”. Marianne Stanczak © 2006, CSA. Accessed 9/25/2006 SID=5dj1aoekbcd0rd3lcqtsm8htr6 [2] “Copper”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Licensed to the public under the GNU. Free Documentation License. Page last modified, Sept. 21st.2006
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