Metals timeline

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Copper known to be first discovered

9000 Bc

Earliest estimates suggest copper is found in the Middle East

Iron known to be first discovered

4000 BC

Ancient Egyptians and Sumerians were the first known cultures to use Iron

Steel known to be first produced

1400 BC

Steel is Known to have been first produced in East Africa

Aluminium discovered

1825

Aluminium was first discovered in Denmark

Gold discovered

1848

Gold was first discovered by James W. Marshall in California.

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Brass known to be first discovered

500 BC - 1900

Presumably Brass was found in the Middle East

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Bronze known to be first discovered

3500 BC - 3000 BC

Estimations conclude Bronze was found in the Middle East

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Silver known to be first discovered

6000 BC - 5000 BC

Silver objects have been found by archaeologists in Egypt