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Around 3000 BCE, the Bronze Age succeeded the Neolithic Age as the last phase of the tripartite division of early human history. It was characterized by the widespread use of metal tools.
- The Bronze Age was subdivided into three major archetypal divisions, namely; Early, Middle, and Late Bronze Age. Its development around the world varies. Parts of Asia and the Middle East had the first system of metallurgy, until its diffusion to Europe through trading and conquest.
- Metals were extracted from ores, melted with the use of fire, and cast to the desired shape of tools. During the Early Bronze Age, smelting technology used metals such as copper that were later combined with tin to produce the harder alloy, bronze.
- Civilizations in Mesopotamia, China, and Egypt flourished during this age. These complex societies were distinguished through their system of writing. The Sumerian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphics discovered denote records of debt, harvest, and daily life. Formation of centralised government was guided by codified laws written on tablets. Intensive farming, irrigation, and use of the metal plough further enhanced agriculture. Social stratification, based on wealth, power, and nobility, was also evident through the goods found on burial sites. Warfare used metal weapons, armour, chariots, and advanced strategies.
- Trading relations expanded from Asia to Europe during the Bronze Age, spreading the system of mining, smelting, and casting.
- Aside from metal tools and weapons, inventions such as the potter’s wheel by the Sumerians, rope by the Egyptians, and kites by the Chinese also innovated people’s lives, along with new knowledge in mathematics and astronomy.
- Ornaments and the sophisticated designs on tools defined the artistry and social class of the owner.
- During the Late Bronze Age, the Mycenaeans arrived in Greece and further developed its metal trading relations with other kingdoms. The roundhouse in Britain and cloth weaving also developed during this age.
- By the first millennium, iron was discovered, and this slowly ended the Age of Bronze.
Bronze Age Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Bronze Age Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the Bronze Age which succeeded the Neolithic Age as the last phase of the tripartite division of early human history. It was characterized by the widespread use of metal tools.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Bronze Age Facts
- Early Human History
- Rise of Civilizations
- Anything Metal
- Inventions and Innovations
- Bronze Age People
- Metal Tools
- Bronze Age in Egypt
- Astronomy 101
- Social Pyramid
- Appreciating Archaeology
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