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Mark Miodownik visits the Timna Valley in Israel to see where the earliest known copper mines are found. Mark shows how copper ore can be heated on an open fire to extract the metal. He describes this as the moment man left the Stone Age and entered the age of metals.
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11 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

The clip could be uses as a general introduction to the history of metals and their use by man. Following the clip, students could extract copper from copper oxide using carbon. Compare the extraction of copper shown in the clip with the extraction and refining of metals through electrolysis.

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