A Bronze age is a period in a society's history characterised by the adoption of bronze-based metallurgy. This is sometimes accompanied by/preceded by the emergence of urbanism in that society, but not always. In either case, the advent of bronze often signals a growth in capacity and social complexity.


Prior to utilising bronze technology fully, some cultures experience a phase called a Chalcolithic, in which copper is the primary metal of choice for tolls and weaponry. This is not the case for many societies who are introduced to bronze-working technology in full, but several notable examples are mentioned in these categories.

Southern Bronze PhenomenonEdit

Starting in c.10,500 TY, phenomenons of urbanisation centred around Region A began to occur, linked to cross-regional trade and the emergence of metallurgy in the region. By 11,000 TY, the greater part of the urban societies which had emerged here had entered a Bronze Age, along with a number of non-urban societies as well. This is also known as the Southern Early Bronze Age. Cultures part of this include

Urban CulturesEdit

Non-Urban CulturesEdit

Northern Bronze PhenomenonEdit

Urbanism emerged in several distinct phenomena in Regions B, C, and D, and at different times. The earliest was in Region D starting in c.11,000 TY, then Region B in c.12,000 TY, and Region C in c.12,500 TY. Around 12,000 TY bronze metallurgy was developed in two separate locations- near to the Apricot Belt, and in the south of Region D. The technology spread via emulation and trading contact from these two locations, forming two distinctive trade routes spanning much of the north of the Central Continent. Starting in c.13,000 TY, bronze technology was utilised by the majority of urban cultures that existed at the time and a number of non-urban cultures as well. In the Northern Early Bronze Age, these two routes were not yet linked, but cultures part of these two branches include

Urban CulturesEdit

Non-Urban CulturesEdit

North Eastern Bronze PhenomenonEdit