Bronze Age

noun
(archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
Topics: ↑archeology, ↑archaeology
Instance Hypernyms: ↑time period, ↑period of time, ↑period
Part Holonyms: ↑prehistory, ↑prehistoric culture

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noun
Usage: usually capitalized B&A
: the period of human culture characterized by the use of bronze tools beginning in Europe about 3500 B.C. and in western Asia and Egypt somewhat earlier — compare iron age, stone age

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1. a period in the history of humankind, following the Stone Age and preceding the Iron Age, during which bronze weapons and implements were used.
2. (l.c.) Class. Myth. the third of the four ages of the human race, marked by war and violence; regarded as inferior to the silver age but superior to the following iron age.
[1860-65]

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Bronze Age noun (archaeology)
A prehistoric condition or stage of culture coming between the Stone Age and the Iron Age marked by the use of bronze as the material for tools and weapons
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Main Entry:bronze

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Bronze Age,
1. the prehistoric period after the Stone Age when bronze tools, weapons, and utensils were used. It lasted in different parts of Europe from about 3000 B.C. to about 1000 B.C. and was followed by the Iron Age.
2. Also, bronze age. (in classical mythology) the age of Neptune, following the gold and silver ages of Saturn and Jupiter and characterized by violence and warfare.

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a prehistoric period that followed the Stone Age and preceded the Iron Age, when certain weapons and tools came to be made of bronze rather than stone
Encyclopedic information:
The Bronze Age began in the Near East and southeastern Europe in the late 4th and early 3rd millennium bc. It is associated with the first European civilizations, the beginnings of urban life in China, and the final stages of some Meso-American civilizations, but did not appear in Africa and Australasia at all

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noun
the Bronze Age
: a period of time that began between 4000 and 3000 B.C. in which people used bronze to make weapons and tools

The artifact dates to the Bronze Age.

The Bronze Age preceded the Iron Age.

a Bronze Age weapon/tool

— compare

IRON AGE

,

STONE AGE

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the ˈBronze Age noun singular
the period in history between the Stone Age and the Iron Age when people used tools and weapons made of ↑bronze
 
Culture:
Bronze Age Britain [Bronze Age Bronze Age Britain]
In Britain the ↑Stone Age changed slowly into the Bronze Age from about 2100 BC. Metal started to be used for the first time instead of stone to make tools. The skill to make things with metal may have been brought to Britain soon after 2000 BC by the Beaker Folk who were named after the bell-shaped beakers (= cups with wide mouths) found in their tombs. Copper was used at first, then bronze, a mixture of copper and tin. Tools were made by pouring the metal into a mould. In the latter part of the Bronze Age most settlements (= villages) had their own smiths or skilled craftsmen.
Bronze Age people built the impressive stone circles still to be seen at Stonehenge and other places. The double circle of standing stones at Stonehenge dates from about 2100 BC. Several pairs of stones still have a large, thick horizontal stone across the top of them. The upright sandstone boulders, called sarsens, are thought to have been dug from the ground about 20 miles/32 kilometres away, but the smaller blue-coloured stones laid across the top come from Wales. It is not known whether they were transported by people using rollers or whether they were left near the site of Stonehenge by glaciers during the Ice Age. In either case, many people would have been involved in building the monument. Stonehenge now attracts a lot of visitors and is a source of wonder and pride. Some people believe that it has a special religious or astronomical meaning and was originally used to calculate when the seasons began and ended.
On ↑Dartmoor many stone rows extend in lines for distances up to two miles/3 kilometres. There are few traces of Bronze Age houses, though pounds (= areas surrounded by stone walls) on the edge of the moor may have contained groups of houses.
In the Bronze Age important people were buried in round ↑barrows (= piles of earth) made near the top of a hill. Over 20 000 round barrows are known. There was usually only one person buried in each, together with metal goods and pottery.
In about 500 BC iron began to be used instead of bronze for making tools, and the period after this became known as the Iron Age.
Compare Iron Age Britain

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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