Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin that results in a material that is stronger than either metal on their own.
It has been a useful material for much of human history, and an important technological feat for civilization.
It was the hardest metal in widespread use during the Bronze Age, which occurred after the Stone Age and before the Iron Age. This was especially impressive when you consider copper’s melting point is 1,985 °F (1,085 °C). Neolithic humans not only learned how to create this heat, but also to use it to smelt metals from ore and alloy them together.
Bronze is a hugely versatile metal which explains why it became so widely used in ancient times and is still widely used today. It is corrosion resistant, ductile, denser than steel, and a great electrical conductor. It does not spark when struck and has low friction against dissimilar metals. These properties make it ideal for ship propellers, electronics parts, bearings, musical instruments, and so much more.
The composition of this sample is based on ancient bronze samples.
Each vial contains approximately 15 grams of bronze.