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"The Bronze Age is a period characterized by the use of copper and its alloy bronze and proto-writing, and other features of urban civilization.
The Bronze Age is the second principal period of the three-age Stone-Bronze-Iron system, as proposed in modern times by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, for classifying and studying ancient societies. An ancient civilization can be in the Bronze Age either by smelting its own copper and alloying with tin, or by trading for bronze from production areas elsewhere. Copper-tin ores are rare, as reflected in the fact that there were no tin bronzes in western Asia before the third millennium BC. Worldwide, the Bronze Age generally followed the Neolithic period, but in some parts of the world, the Copper Age served as a transition from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. Although the Iron Age generally followed the Bronze Age, in some areas, the Iron Age intruded directly on the Neolithic from outside the region except for Sub-Saharan Africa where it was developed independently.[1]
Bronze Age cultures differed in their development of the first writing. According to archaeological evidence, cultures in Mesopotamia (cuneiform) andEgypt (hieroglyphs) developed the earliest viable writing systems." (link)

Map of the diffusion of metallurgy.
Map of the diffusion of metallurgy.




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The Western Tradition #4: FROM BRONZE TO IRON

The Western Tradition 04 : From Bronze to Iron from maunhiem on Vimeo.


Published on Apr 8, 2012
Eugen Weber presents THE WESTERN TRADITION
Part 4: FROM BRONZE TO IRON

Prehistoric copper smelting in a pit


Published on May 25, 2012
How to turn copper ore into copper using Bronze Age techniques. For more information on our reconstruction of the earliest known copper smelting site in the UK (Pentrwyn, Great Orme) please visit: http://www.ancient-arts.org/pentrwyn%...

Beauty of the Bronze Age - James Balme


Uploaded on Apr 21, 2011
Some 4000 years ago the first metals to be produced were introduced to Britain in the form of copper, tin and ultimately the creation of bronze. This was a major leap forward in technology which would see stone tools and implements consigned to history. Archaeologist & Historian James Balme highlights the beauty and importance of the first metal tools and weapons produced here in Britain........

Sand casting of a Bronze Age sword


Published on Feb 1, 2013
Experimental casting performed in St.Fagans Open Air Museum on 12th January 2013 during the 7th Uk Experimental Archaeology Conference (Performers: Claudio Cavazzuti, Luca Pellegrini, Federico Scacchetti; video by Claudia Speciale)

Horseback Riding and Bronze Age Pastoralism in the Eurasian Steppes


Uploaded on Jun 20, 2011
David W. Anthony, Professor of Anthropology and Anthropology Curator of the Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, presents "Horseback Riding and Bronze Age Pastoralism in the Eurasian Steppes" at the Penn Museum's symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity."

Bronze Age Boat Build Falmouth Episode 4


Published on Aug 14, 2012
Part 4 of the Bronze Age Boat build in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. It has been a busy month for the volunteers and boat builder Brian Cumby and the boat is now starting to take shape. This month I had the chance to go up to the woods at Trelissick to watch Dave Hart making the mallets that are required for the project. Many thanks Dave for spending your valuable time and for a really enjoyable day.

Bronze Age (in China)


Uploaded on Feb 24, 2008
For higher resolution watch http://www.ntd.tv/ to watch more on youtube : http://youtube.com/user/NTDTV choose playlist and then "Journey to the east"
The bronze age has been recorded as one of the most significant in Chinese history
Spanning across two long dynasties, from the Shang Dynasty between 1600-1050 B.C, and the Zhou Dynasty between 1046-256 B.C., the Bronze Age emerged in China. From objects for worshipping, to ornaments for the emperors, musical instruments for entertainment, to weapons for war, this age has been recorded as one of the most significant in Chinese history. In today's Five Thousand Years segment, we will see how bronze was used in ancient China and the objects that are among the most representative of Bronze objects in the world today.