Tag: California Gold Rush
Gold was one of the first metals to be processed by humans
With its striking bright yellow color, it was dignified, so as an element found in nature, gold could work very well mechanically and not become corroded. Because of its durability and rarity it was very popular and has been used in many cultures, especially for ritual and adornment objects.
The reclamation of gold from the earth probably began in the Bronze Age. The lightweight base compounds alloyed with many metals, the melting temperatures moderate and the favorable properties of the alloys made gold very attractive as a material.
Dates in the Bulgarian Varna show the discovery of gold in 4500 BC. In Central Europe gold objects from the second millennium BC have been found. Famous examples are the gold in the Schifferstadt golden hat and in the sky disc of Nebra.