Bronze Age

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Near East (3300-1200 BC)

Indian Subcontinent (3000-1200 BC)

Europe (3000-600 BC)

China (3000-700 BC)

Korea (1000-300 BC)

arsenical bronze
writing, literature
sword, chariot

The Bronze Age of a culture[1][2][3][4][5] is the period when the most advanced metalworking (at least in systematic and widespread use) in that culture used bronze. This could either have been based on the local smelting of copper and tin from ores, or trading for bronze from production areas elsewhere.[6] Copper/tin ores are rare, as reflected in the fact that there were no tin bronzes in western Asia before 3000 BC. Many, though not all, Bronze Age cultures flourished in prehistory.[7]

The Bronze Age is regarded as the second part of a three-age system for prehistoric societies, though there are some cultures that have extensive written records during their Bronze Ages. In this system, in some areas of the world the Bronze Age followed the Neolithic age. However, in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the Neolithic age was directly followed by the Iron Age. In some parts of the world, a Copper Age followed the Neolithic Age and preceded the Bronze Age.

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