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Civilization Tech:

What was the first metal to be used to fashion tools by humans?

Hint: Believe it or not, it wasn’t bronze or iron.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

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The answer: Copper

The answer: Copper

According to the Britannica website: “The discovery that certain heavy ‘stones’ did not respond to hammerblows by flaking or fracturing but were instead soft and remained intact as their shapes changed marked the end of the long Stone Age. Of the pure, or native, metals, gold and silver seem to have attracted attention at an early date, but both were too soft for tools. The first metals of value for toolmaking were natural copper and meteoric iron. Although they were scarce, they were tough and potentially versatile materials that were suited for new purposes, as well as many of the old.”