What is iron age?

  • (noun): (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons.
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Iron Age

The Iron Age is the archaeological period generally occurring after the Bronze Age, marked by the prevalent use of iron. The early period of the age is characterized by the widespread use of iron or steel. The adoption of such material coincided with other changes in society, including differing agricultural practices, religious beliefs and artistic styles. The Iron Age as an archaeological term indicates the condition as to civilization and culture of a people using iron as the material for their cutting tools and weapons. The Iron Age is the third principal period of the three-age system created by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen for classifying ancient societies and prehistoric stages of progress.

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Iron Age - Gallery
... Iron Age Examples Dun Carloway broch, Lewis, Scotland A replica Iron Age thatched roof, Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire, England Iron age roundhouse Iron age ...
Longmynd - History - Iron Age
... Very little Iron Age human activity has been recorded on the Long Mynd ... This feature dates from the Iron Age, c ...
Corlea Trackway
... The Corlea Trackway (Irish Bóthar Chorr Liath) is an Iron Age trackway, or togher, near the village of Keenagh, south of Longford town, County Longford, in Ireland ... While today a generally flat and open landscape, in the Iron Age it was covered by bog, quicksand, and ponds, surround by dense woodlands of birch, willow, hazel and alder while higher ground was covered by oak ... In 1984, timbers recovered from Corlea were radiocarbon dated to the Iron Age, rather than the Bronze Age as had been expected, and an archaeological project was ...
Simon James (archaeologist) - Books and Monographs
... Britain and the Celtic Iron Age (1997), British Museum Press (with Valery Rigby) The Atlantic Celts Ancient People or Modern Invention?, British Museum Press, 1999 (Published in the USA by The ... "A Bloodless Past The Pacification of Early Iron Age Britain" (2007) In Haselgrove and Pope, The Earlier Iron Age in Britain and the Near Continent, Oxbow Press ...
List Of Prehistoric Structures In Great Britain - Structures and Sites - Agricultural Structures, Mines and Roads
... Bathampton Down, Iron Age earth enclosure with Bronze Age round barrows in the area ... Bindon Hill, Iron Age earth enclosure ... Great Orme, Bronze Age copper mines and an Iron Age hill fort ...

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  • (noun): (classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world.

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