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|Cypriot Copper: Mysteries of the Bronze Age|
What is Bronze?
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. Prior to the production of bronze, most tools and weapons were made from copper only. Copper and tin are found as minerals in the natural environment. When these minerals are extracted the process is called mining. When copper and tin are heated together at 950°, they liquidify and form a new substance that is more durable than copper alone. This new material is called bronze, and its strength made it a highly desirable metal to make weapons and tools out of.
|Replica production of bronze ingots.||Replica
moulds for ingots
(Oxhide, above; and box, below).
|Replica moulds and ingots.|
photographs show the production of replica bronze ingots using methods
that are thought to be similar to the technology that could have been
used to produce the objects contained in the following pages. The pictures
show replica moulds and the replica ingots made in them, in the two main
forms used to transport the metal in the Mediterranean region during the
Bronze Age: oxhide ingots and bun ingots.
For more information consult: http://www.ancientroute.com/resource/metal/Copper.htm
(The Bronze Age)
Mysteries of the Bronze Age
(When was the Bronze Age?)
|Ancient Cyprus in the Ashmolean|
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