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Materials and Minerals
Investigation 1:
Minerals over Time

This investigation will help you to:

To learn more about materials and minerals visit the following web sites:

Human use of materials

Properties of Natural Materials,
by Giles Edkins
Follow this link to learn more about the human utilization of materials as well as the properties of these materials that makes them suitable tools for use.

Stone Age

Stone Age Reference Collection,
Roger Grace
Visit this online resource for information on the Stone Age typology, technology, and raw materials.

  • Raw Materials
    Explore the different types of rocks used in the Stone Age and their properties

The First Miners,
University of California
This web page provides information on the first Stone Age miners and traders.

Bronze Age

The Bronze Age,
University of California
Visit this university's web page to access information on the Bronze Age, the source of the materials that gave it its name, mining, and much more.

Iron Age

The Age of Iron,
University of California
This site provides information on humans' use of iron, as well as techniques used for smelting this metal.



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