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  1. Michael Clark
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    I think you would have to take a hard look at mining at numerous time periods. We need to remember that the mining of copper predates the mining of tin as copper was in use far before tin was added to copper, so there would be many mines in existance prior to the need to establish tin mines.

    I would tend to look at it more as a supply, and demand problem. When the demand for copper was at a given level, miners mined copper in proportion to the damand so as to make supply equal, or at least approach demand. When a change occurred to also add a demand for tin, then miners started mining tin in the amount needed to supply the demand, or at least approach the demand.

    We must also remember that trade, and the Barter system dominated for centuries.

    Even though the time periods are not correct for the early time periods that you study, I would
    recommend getting a copy of THE MINER’S FLAME LIGHT BOOK by Henry A. Pohs.

    Only 3,000 copies were ever made, but I think some may still be available if you are willing to pay the price.

    Looking inside the Book Cover, Gold Mining beagan around 35,000 BC, and also
    from the inside cover, copper mining started about 8,200 BC, and Tin Mining started about 3,950 BC, but the Bronze Age did not start until around 2,700 BC, to 2,800 BC., while the Copper Age began
    around 3,450 BC. It seems like it takes a really long time from the initiation of mining a metal, until the demand for that metal ramps up enough to create an ” AGE “. There is a 700 +/- 50 year gap between the start of the Copper Age, and, the start of the Bronze Age.


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