• Question: What was the first element ever discovered?

    Asked by samuel1998 to Laura, Sean on 23 Mar 2012.
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      Sean Murphy answered on 23 Mar 2012:

      Copper was probably the first metal mined and crafted by man. It was originally obtained as a native metal and later from the smelting of ores. Earliest estimates of the discovery of copper suggest around 9000 BC in the Middle East.