Ch 20: The Bronze Age

About This Chapter

The Bronze Age was a period following the Stone Age that saw the advancement of tools, weapons, architecture, trade and more as civilization grew and expanded. You can refer to these lessons to learn more about this era as you prepare for ancient history exams or class discussions.

The Bronze Age - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to cover many aspects of life and developments in the Bronze Age, covering everything from art and architecture to pottery and paintings. You will learn more about how bronze was first used in this time period to create weapons and armor and make coins and tools. You can also review ways in which people of the Bronze Age cooked, farmed and played music, among other things. Short video and text lessons are available 24/7 on any device, and transcripts are printable so that you can create handy reference materials. Track your progress using your Dashboard and take quizzes to ensure that you're ready to continue the learning process. After you have studied this chapter, you should have developed the ability to:

  • Describe characteristics of Bronze Age art and architecture, such as paintings and pottery
  • List Bronze Age inventions and tools, and detail Bronze Age weaponry, armor and war tactics
  • Give information about the clothes and jewelry that the people of this era wore
  • Discuss the development of tattoos in this period
  • Detail the foods that the people of the Bronze Age ate and note the way in which they cooked them
  • Explain Bronze Age smelting, mining and casting practices
  • Describe Bronze Age farming techniques and implements
  • Talk about ships, trade and trade routes, coinage and music of this era

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Bronze Age
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The Bronze Age Art: Pottery & Sculpture

1. The Bronze Age Art: Pottery & Sculpture

In this lesson we'll look at the pottery and sculpture of the Bronze Age to learn more about the cultures of the time. Learn about their techniques and styles along with how archaeologist use this information.

The Bronze Age: Armor, Weapons & Warfare

2. The Bronze Age: Armor, Weapons & Warfare

The Bronze Age brought the first professional armies to the world. Find out how Bronze Age technology developed new tools for warfare and changed the way battles were fought forever.

The Bronze Age: Inventions, Tools & Technology

3. The Bronze Age: Inventions, Tools & Technology

This lesson introduces many of the exciting inventions and innovations of the Bronze Age. Learn about metalworking skills, farming revolutions, the rise of civilizations, and much more!

Bronze Age Ships & Rigging

4. Bronze Age Ships & Rigging

Boating technology changed a lot in the Bronze Age. In this lesson, we'll examine Bronze-Age ships in a few different cultures, and see how boating changes impacted other changes in these societies.

The Bronze Age: Barrows & Burials

5. The Bronze Age: Barrows & Burials

This lesson takes us into the graveyards of the Bronze Age, more specifically we look at the barrows used as elite burial places. We compare these with Neolithic long barrows and discuss the different shapes of Bronze Age barrows.

Bronze Age Jewelry: Torc & Gorget

6. Bronze Age Jewelry: Torc & Gorget

Bronze Age people used their new technologies to create important things out of metal...things like jewelry! In this lesson, we'll see what Bronze Age jewelry looked like and how it was made.

What did Bronze Age People Wear? - Clothing & Shoes

7. What did Bronze Age People Wear? - Clothing & Shoes

During the Bronze Age, people used new technology and extra time to transform the types of clothing they wore. In this lesson, learn about Bronze Age clothing and what it says about the society of the time.

Bronze Age: Music & Musical Instruments

8. Bronze Age: Music & Musical Instruments

Bronze technology changed a lot about human societies, and this included their music. In this lesson, we'll see how music changed in this time period and how that impacted ancient lives.

The Bronze Age: Cooking, Food & Nutrition

9. The Bronze Age: Cooking, Food & Nutrition

A lot changed in the Bronze Age, including the tools of daily life. In this lesson, we are going to see how bronze impacted cooking and food storage and check out the Bronze Age diet.

Bronze Age Tattoos: History, Tools & Symbols

10. Bronze Age Tattoos: History, Tools & Symbols

In this lesson, we'll explore the earliest known tattoos. Learn the reasons for these ancient body markings, who wore them, what the symbols meant, and how these marks were made.

The Bronze Age in Europe: Architecture & Houses

11. The Bronze Age in Europe: Architecture & Houses

Europe's Bronze Age saw many developments, and this is nowhere more obvious than in architecture. In this lesson, we'll examine Bronze-Age houses, tombs, and palaces across Europe.

The Bronze Age: Trade & Trade Routes

12. The Bronze Age: Trade & Trade Routes

The Bronze Age was, obviously, defined by the emergence of bronze. However, this change impacted societies in more ways than you might think. In this lesson, we'll see how trade changed in this era, as well as how that set the stage for changes to come.

The Bronze Age: Mining, Smelting, Casting & Metallurgy

13. The Bronze Age: Mining, Smelting, Casting & Metallurgy

This lesson focuses on the subject that give the Bronze Age its name, metalwork and the making of bronze. Within, you learn about the discovery of metal use, mining, and the process of making bronze then casting it into shapes.

Bronze Age Farms & Farming Tools

14. Bronze Age Farms & Farming Tools

If you've ever spent time on a farm or spoken with a farmer, you know it's a tough job, but it used to be much harder. Join us and explore how the Bronze Age brought about innovations that changed farming forever!

Bronze Age Coins & Ring Money

15. Bronze Age Coins & Ring Money

This lesson takes a look at the origins of money as we know it. From clay tokens to golden rings, see how Bronze Age people traded goods when society got too large to use the barter system.

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