Who Discovered Silver?
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It is impossible to determine who actually discovered silver. There are evidences of the fact that people used this metal for a very long time and it was most likely to be discovered after the discovery of gold and copper. The best way to learn about the discovery of silver is with the help of history to understand how silver was used during the ancient times.
From 6000 B.C. to 4000 B.C.
The use of silver in Ancient Egyptian civilization from 6000 B.C. were found from cave paintings where the extraction process of the metal were shown. Asia Minor and the islands of Aegean Sea have evidence of silver that can be traced as far back as 4000 B.C. The people from Anatolia (now Turkey) discovered the mining process of silver in 4000 B.C.
From 3000 B.C. to 900 B.C.
From 3000 B.C. to 2500 B.C., the knowledge on how to mine silver spread across other regions. Silver or similar metal were recorded in ancient India in 900 B.C. Different compounds of silver were also found in various places at different times. There is no way to know which of these compounds were actually discovered first.
It could be discovered as an alloy first
There were also evidences of silver alloys, a mixture of silver and some other metals, and silver can very well be discovered as an alloy first and later extracted and used as a separate metal. An alloy of copper and silver, sterling silver, is an example of such an alloy and it’s use can be traced as far back as the 14th century. The use of silver is also common in the Roman currency during 2nd century AD. Other uses of silver were also recorded in the ancient Greece and Rome regions.