/ ˈbrɑːnz ˈeɪdʒ /
(Classical mythology) The third age of the world, marked by war and violence.
(Archeology) A period between the Stone and Iron ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons.
Stage of prehistory and early history when copper and bronze became the first metals worked extensively and used for tools and weapons. It developed out of the Stone Age, preceded the Iron Age, and may be dated 5000–1200 BC in the Middle East and about 2000–500 BC in Europe. Recent discoveries in Thailand suggest that the Far East, rather than the Middle East, was the cradle of the Bronze Age.
Mining and metalworking were the first specialized industries, and the invention of the wheel during this time revolutionized transport.
Agricultural productivity (which began during the New Stone Age, or Neolithic period, about 10,000 BC), and hence the size of the population that could be supported, was transformed by the ox-drawn plow.