Ancient bronze variants

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Ancient bronze variants

Araverus
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May 27th, 2017, 10:07 pm #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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May 28th, 2017, 7:15 am #2

Mesoamericans sometimes added arsenic.
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June 27th, 2017, 4:22 pm #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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