The use of metal and metal work has a long and illustrious history in the story of mankind. From its discovery that led to the early Iron Age to the modern-day high-rise buildings, metal has consistently been a necessary and crucial factor in construction work. It has also allowed historians and scientists an opportunity to delve into the history of man and how he developed, as architectural finds that included metal tools and weapons enabled historians to correctly identify and put together a timeline of the development of man and his intelligence.
A few types of metal have been consistently seen over centuries, and even now, in our surroundings. These include iron, bronze, and steel. The use of these elements has allowed man to pursue his fantastical dreams throughout history, whether it be to win a war or to create a flying machine. These metals have been a vital part in the most awe-inspiring inventions of man.
From the arrow-points of early man to the swords and armour of the Medieval ages, iron is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and necessary ingredients of construction. It was used in everything from early pocket knives, saddle buckles, horseshoes, window-frames, even early forms of hair colour. Iron was significantly used in weaponry, mostly in swords and shields, as well as body armour and famously in chain mail. It was also used in the making of jewelry.
In the modern day, it is a necessary factor in making buildings, kitchenware, and road construction. It is one of the strongest metals known to man, and is used to make the important material, steel. In fact, steel has a longer history than thought, as the earliest forms of steel were invented by the Chinese as early as 221 BC.
The discovery of steel as an iron alloy of iron with carbon, revolutionized the world, and played a major role in the industrial revolution period. The rapid growth and development of machinery, during this period led to the demand for iron and steel. Steam engines, factory grade machinery, and railroads, called for the use of iron and iron alloys, during this era.
Bronze, on the other hand, has a longer history than iron. It was found in abundance, and it was fairly easy to mine it and mould it as required. Bronze is such an old element that no one is quite sure when it was first discovered or used, although evidence suggests that it was used in making tools as early as 3500 BC. This period is known as the Bronze Age. Bronze was used in everything from cups and bowls, to farming tools, and decorative statues and figurines. Some of the most significant archaeological finds have been creations of bronze.
In the modern world, bronze has been replaced by other stronger and more malleable metals and metal blends, while the use of bronze is limited to creating monuments, statues and figurines, bronze memorial plaques Melbourne, and decorative signboards.
Although mostly replaced, the significance of bronze in the history of mankind means that it will continue to be used and revered.