The Bronze Age: The Shimmering Alloy Material Is Not Just For Olympians

While famously seen as medals draped around the necks of third-place winners at the Olympics, bronze has been use as a sculpture and building material since ancient times—in fact, the alloy was used so frequently that the Bronze Age was named after it.

An alloy consisting of primarily of copper mixed with tin as an additive, bronze was first used to make tools, weapons, armor, and decorative tiles for buildings. Known for its durability, bronze is a favored material since it resists corrosion and metal fatigue more than steel.