Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Withstanding the Test of Time: Proofs of the Longevity of Bronze
Metal-working enthusiasts and artisans alike have probably heard from their peers that if they wanted a certain creation to last, bronze is the material to use. This age-old metal has been around as early as the late 4th millennium B.C.E., and has been one of the most vital pillars of civilizations anywhere in the world. Materials like sturdy bronze bars have been touted for their seemingly unparalleled durability. There is an abundance of evidence to prove this characteristic. One such proof is the bronze bell from the ill-fated HMS Erebus, a Royal Navy ship that, along with the HMS Terror, went missing almost 170 years ago while trying to find the fabled Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Discovered last September 2014 and subsequently recovered a couple of months later, the bell was among the few artifacts from the HMS Erebus wreck that was found perfectly intact after the ship went missing back in 1845—its exact fate never known, until today.