The First Copper Mines, the Formation of Bronze, and Bronze Age Food and Burial Traditions

The very first copper mines of Europe were dug in the Balkan Peninsula of Southeast Europe nearly 6000 years ago. Ingots of tin crackle when tin is bent as tin is heavy but not very strong. When mixed with copper which is also weak, typically no stronger than flint stone, bronze forms which is a hearty and resilient fused combination, a mixture which ushered in an entire age of development. During the Bronze Age, rivers, particularly rivers which flowed eastward were used as burial grounds for s...

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