Timeline of Material Discoveries

Main

Use of pigments such as ores

30000 BC - 29999 BC

Use of Firbres

20000 BC - 19999 BC

Iron smelted

18000 BC - 17999 BC

Plasters

14000 BC - 13999 BC

Fired pottery

11000 BC - 10999 BC

Native Copper Annealed and Cast

9000 BC - 8999 BC

Copper and Lead Smelted

6500 BC - 6499 BC

Silver smelted

4000 BC - 3999 BC

Bronze (copper and tin)

3300 BC - 3299 BC

Native Gold Utilised

3100 BC - 3099 BC

Soap

2500 BC - 2499 BC

Iron Used in Alloys

2000 BC - 1999 BC

Mercury Ores Smelted

1000 BC - 999 BC

Use of cobalt, nickel, manganese, calcium, magneisum

1800 - 1801

Zinc Mined

1883 - 1884

This first occurred at Broken Hill, NSW, Australia

Plastics, synthetic dyes, artificial fertilisers, insecticides, antibiotics

2000 - 2001