The first invented by man metal was copper. It happened approx. 5500 years BC in what is now Iran. From this moment begins the era of copper, also called Eneolit or Chalcolite – the transition period between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
The former steelworkers as they used malachite copper ore and smelting of metal by heating the ore until the metal flows out has become a technique that would later serve smelting other metals.
It should be noted that using continuous tools were made of stone or flint. They remained in use for another hundred years, because copper, which was admittedly metal-plastic, giving a forge and cast proved to be both too soft to carry hatchets and other tools.
It was not until the invention of bronze or copper-tin alloy, two thousand years later gave a chance to produce relatively permanent tools: axes, hammers, hoes, sickles, knives and weapons: axes, blades of spears, arrowheads and elements of armor.
The invention of bronze, which enabled the production of reusable items, there was a breakthrough and greatly accelerated the development of civilization. It was not until the era, which was yet to come – Iron Age – and the development of metallurgy led to the creation of the world, which today we enjoy…