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The Bronze Age A reconstruction of a Bronze Age dwelling at Flag Fen
How was Bronze first discovered? About 2500BC people in the Middle East discovered how to use metal. The first metal they used was Copper. But copper was too soft. Then they realised that if you added tin to copper it made a harder metal called ____ Bronze
Bronze tools and weapons are sharper than stone tools. Gradually the use of bronze spread across Europe. This led archaeologists to say the Stone Age ended and the Bronze Age began.
Why was bronze better than Stone? It was harder wearing It could be shaped more easily. It had a sharper edge.
The Bronze Age comes to Ireland Copper & bronze appear in Ire around 2000BC. There is plenty of copper. Archaeologists have found copper mines in a number of places. For example, Mount Gabriel, Co Cork and near Kilarney, Co Kerry
Archaeologists have found no Tin mines in Ireland. So how did they make Bronze? Archaeologists believed it was imported to Ireland from the tin mines in Cornwall, in England. This would mean bronze age people traded.
Copper & Tin are minerals found in rocks in the form of ore How do you get the ore from the rocks to make bronze objects?
Beaker Folk About 2000BC a new type of pot appeared in archaeological sites around Europe. These pots are shaped like a drinking glass Archaeologists call them ‘beakers’ and they called the people who made them ‘Beaker Folk’
In sites where the Beaker Folk appear, there are usually copper and bronze tools too. Archaeologists think the Beaker Folk brought the Bronze Age to Ireland.
Complete the table of information on life in the Bronze Age. Houses Food & Family Work Tools & Weapons Arts & crafts
Fulachta Fiadh Drombeg
Burial Customs How did Bronze Age people bury their dead? Cist Graves
Wedge Tomb Glantane East Wedge Tomb, County Cork, Ireland
Stone Circle Drombeg, Co Cork
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