Ancient bronze variants

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Ancient bronze variants

Araverus
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 21:29

27 May 2017, 22:07 #1

Does anyone here think that primitive copper alloys could've contained things besides tin? I would think iron would've been found earlier in all honesty, maybe zinc or manganese.
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Michael Bootz
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28 May 2017, 07:15 #2

Mesoamericans sometimes added arsenic.
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The Dad One.paleoplanet69529
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27 Jun 2017, 16:22 #3

Depending what you mean by "primitive," I think the likely answer is that primitive copper alloys contained whatever elements naturally co-occurred with the copper ore. I do not believe there was much if any intentional alloying going on until well into the Bronze Age. Arsenic often co-occurs with copper in nature.


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