Prehistoric man is known to have used six different types of metal. Can you guess what those metals are? They were gold, silver, iron, lead, tin, and copper. Each of these metals has its own distinct properties and it was discovered that some metals were more useful for certain jobs than others. Metals began to be used specifically for certain applications as this was learned. Let’s look at the way these metals were used.
Lead is soft and easily work, therefore it was used for vessels to transport liquids at first. Later it would be fundamental to the manufacturing of pipes for water transportation.
Iron was an important material and changed many things. The growth of its use lead to the Iron Age. Iron was used for so many applications, it would take a long time to list them but a few are certain tools, structures, and some forms of armor.
Native metals were the first recorded metals used and were found in an unreacted state, leading to the name. Gold, silver, and copper could be mined and used without needing to go through more complicated extraction processes. Nuggets were the easiest to find and use. Metals like there could be used for dishes, cups, crowns, jewelry, and various other things.
Metals have been being used for many centuries for many different things. As we have learned and grown, those uses have expanded and the way we look at metal has changed quite a bit. It is now one of the most important tools we have in creating much of the life we know and love. Everything from appliances to our cars, airplanes, and buildings uses some form of metal to be created. Metalworking is one of the most important industries we know today, and thanks to prehistoric tinkering, we have learned about this material and have been able to shape it into just about anything we could dream of!
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