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The discovery of copper was turning point in human history. Did you know that copper is one of the first metal used by people?

The early copper discovery can be partly explained by that copper often naturally occur in relatively pure forms. Making it possible for humans to create tools and decorative items of the material. Early on we saw the great potential. Findings of human interaction with copper can be dated as early as 9000 BC. After the first copper discovery it took another few thousand years before we could fully harness the ability to extract and really work with copper.

The Mesopotamians, around 5000 to 6000 years ago, were copper discovery pioneers among with Egypt and China. In early human societies, copper was firstly esteemed for its aesthetic features and mainly used for decorative items and ornaments.

The Copper Age

Historians and archaeologists refer to the period from 2300 to 1800 BC as the Copper Age. During this time copper became a regular metal to use in human society. Copper discovery were followed by bronze discovery. An alloy of copper and tin, creating a hard material suitable for moulding weapons and other tools.

Around the year 3000 BC humankind had developed a sophisticated ability to extract copper from ore bodies. Yet again, Mesopotamian metalsmiths in present-day Armenia are at the forefront in making pots, trays, saucers, drinking vessels and advanced weaponry.

Organized production and use of copper in early societies:

Mesopotamia, circa 4500 BC

Egypt, circa 3500 BC

China, circa 2800 BC

Central America, circa 600 AD

West Africa, circa 900 AD

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