“The story of copper and its principle alloys, bronze and brass, is virtually a chronicle of human endeavour since man emerged from the Stone Age.[ Webster Smith in “Sixty Centuries of Copper” (1965 edition)]”
Copper was the first metal used in quantity by humans. Since 10,000 BC, 12 millennia ago, copper helped to pull mankind out of the Stone Age. Initially, native copper was used to exploit copper’s corrosion resistance, good workability and high thermal conductivity.
Around six millennia ago, humans mastered the skill to extract copper from ore and went on to alloy copper into bronze for improved strength and durability.
- 60 centuries of copper: a microsite based on Webster Smith’s book freely available from the CDA Inc website - https://www.copper.org/education/history/60centuries/
- Copper timeline: an interactive resource from CDA Inc, providing copper milestones against the context of human development - https://www.copper.org/education/history/timeline/
Last update: Monday, 30 June 2022