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Metals of Antiquity

Name the seven metals of antiquity. Until the discovery of arsenic in the 13th century, these were the only pure elemental metals known to man.
No alloys, or elemental metals found only in alloys
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First submittedJanuary 27, 2017
Last updatedMay 16, 2017
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Metal
Copper
Gold
Iron
Lead
Mercury
Silver
Tin
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level 71
Jan 27, 2017
Very interesting fact!
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level 73
Jan 27, 2017
What about bronze? It's not a metallic element but it's still a metal.
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level 66
Jan 27, 2017
It's an alloy... Should you accept that, there would be endless answers in this quiz.
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level 77
Jan 27, 2017
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.
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level 77
Jan 27, 2017
I am not really sure about zinc (and thus brass). Maybe it was not known as a simple body but I'm pretty sure it was part of ancient alloys.
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level 80
Jan 27, 2017
Zinc needs to be here. Brass has been produced for 5000 years or so...
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level 77
Jan 27, 2017
"To date, the oldest evidence of pure zinc comes from Zawar, in Rajasthan, as early as the 9th century AD when a distillation process was employed to make pure zinc." So, zinc only existed as an alloy before that.
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level 77
Jan 28, 2017
I wonder how they could make brass before. Anyway, maybe you should rewrite the description, this is anterior to the 13th century (and arsenic is not quite a metal either).
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level 77
Jan 28, 2017
I found this: "Although forms of brass have been in use since prehistory, its true nature as a copper-zinc alloy was not understood until the post medieval period because the zinc vapor which reacted with copper to make brass was not recognized as a metal."
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level 64
May 15, 2017
Huh, interesting that it's defined that way if Zinc was known to be an element before Arsenic was.
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level 24
Jan 29, 2017
Cool Quiz :)
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level 56
Apr 7, 2017
Is mercury a metal? Isn't metal in solid state in room temperature?
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level 77
Apr 25, 2017
Yes, and sometimes!
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level 77
May 15, 2017
being a solid is not a requirement to be a metal. And what is "room temperature?" Depending on where your room is located you could see all of these metals in liquid form.
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level 40
May 15, 2017
The definition of "room temperature" is almost always accepted as 20° C, regardless of where the actual room is.
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level 77
May 16, 2017
You missed the point.
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level 58
May 15, 2017
Definition of metal a solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g. iron, gold, silver, and aluminium, and alloys such as steel). A metal doesn't have to be a certain state of matter, it just has to have those traits.
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level 39
May 17, 2017
1. Mercury is a metal. Its actually the only known metal that stays liquid in the room temperature 2. Playing with words sounds funny but with all seriousness room temperature is an internationally recognized term and ranges roughly between 15 C and 25 C. Details are below; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_temperature
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level 61
Apr 24, 2017
I have no idea what this quiz is about, but I just got 100% guessing random metals.
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level 58
May 15, 2017
Elemental history lesson for you people wondering why Zinc isn't here. Although Brass was used for centuries beforehand, Zinc itself wasn't discovered until the eighteenth century.
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level 58
May 15, 2017
Although it's not a well established historical fact (in the sense of ancient writings specifically talking about gold, tin and copper), it is believed that Antimony (Sb) was isolated in ancient times, and may have been formed into small ornaments. FYI
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level 54
May 17, 2017
Cool quiz
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level 72
May 22, 2017
No Heavy Metal?
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level 61
Jan 4, 2019
only black metal
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level 66
Aug 21, 2017
Cuprum, aurum, ferrum, plumbum, hydragyrum, argentum, stannum.
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level 9
Jul 8, 2018
nice quiz, zinc?
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level 77
Oct 26, 2018
Discussed above
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level 43
Oct 30, 2018
shoulda guessed mercury. darn