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10 Maps of Bronze Age Empires
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10 Maps of Bronze Age Empires

During the Bronze Age, which spanned roughly from 3300 BCE to 1200 BCE, several powerful empires emerged, shaping the course of early civilization. In this collection of ten maps, we take a look at the empires that flourished in regions such...
Bronze Age Sword
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Bronze Age Sword

Ceremonial giant dirk of the Plougrescant-Ommerschans type, Plougrescant, France, 1500–1300 BC.
Bronze Ritual Vessel in the Shape of a Rhinoceros
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Bronze Ritual Vessel in the Shape of a Rhinoceros

This bronze ritual vessel dates to 1100 – 1050 BCE (Shang Dynasty period). Unearthed in Liangshan, Shandong, the vessel, likely used to hold wine or food, is notable for its differences from other bronze ritual vessels of its time. Few...
Bronze Statue of a Young Man from Ziphteh
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Bronze Statue of a Young Man from Ziphteh

In ancient Greece and Rome, bronze and marble statues adorned public palaces and the sanctuaries of gods. Over centuries, almost all the bronze statues were melted down for re-use. This is one of the very few surviving examples from Egypt...
Bronze Zhou Cooking Vessel
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Bronze Zhou Cooking Vessel

A Western Zhou ceremonial bronze of cooking-vessel form inscribed to record that the King of Zhou gave a fiefdom to Shi You, ordering that he inherit the title as well as the land and people living there. Bronze Gui of Shi You (food container...
Bronze Cat from Egypt
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Bronze Cat from Egypt

The cat's formal pose indicates that it was a votive offering to the goddess Bast, whose cult was especially popular when this bronze was made. Hollow-cast bronze. From Tell Basta, Egypt, circa 664-30 BCE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh...
Bronze Age Anatolia
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Bronze Age Anatolia

A map of Bronze Age Anatolia. Indicated in the northeast is the Hayasa-Azzi confederation, an indigenous Bronze Age tribal confederation which flourished on the plateau of ancient Armenia and Turkey between c. 1500 and c. 1200 BCE.
Bronze Age Burial Tomb at Lchashen
Image by James Blake Wiener

Bronze Age Burial Tomb at Lchashen

When Lake Sevan's water dropped due to hydroelectric production in 1950, countless graves and other ancient artifacts were uncovered in Lchashen, Armenia. Over the decades, 800 graves were discovered the majority of which were made from stone...
Bronze Greek Athlete
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Bronze Greek Athlete

A bronze Greek athlete recovered from the sea off Marathon. 340-330 BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Bronze head of Hypnos
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Bronze head of Hypnos

Bronze head of Hypnos (god of sleep), 1st - 2nd century CE. Copy of an Hellenistic original, found at Civitella d'Arno (near Perugia, Italy). Now in the British Museum, London. Hypnos was the son of the goddess Nyx (the deity of the Night...
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