• 29,000–25,000 BC – First pottery appears
  • 3rd millennium BC – Copper metallurgy is invented and copper is used for ornamentation
  • 2nd millennium BC – Bronze is used for weapons and armour
  • 1st millennium BC – Pewter beginning to be used in China and Egypt
Making pottery
  • 16th century BC – The Hittites develop crude iron metallurgy
  • 13th century BC – Invention of steel when iron and charcoal are combined properly
  • 10th century BC – Glass production begins in ancient Near East

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