Copper and Coal Through the Ages

@inproceedings{Golding2017CopperAC,
  title={Copper and Coal Through the Ages},
  author={B. Golding and S. Golding},
  year={2017}
}
We will never know who first smelted copper. Nevertheless, archaeometallurgy has made considerable progress in identifying where, when and how our first industrial metal was made into tools. Stone tools had served us well; however, copper proved to be more versatile especially when combined with tin to make bronze. The technology for mining copper ores and extracting copper progressed slowly for the first five thousand years but gathered pace in the first century AD as the Roman Empire expanded… Expand

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