the Iron Age


: a period of time between about 3000 B.C. and 1000 B.C. in which people used iron to make weapons and tools

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Recent Examples on the Web The Tartessos were a historical civilization settled in the southern Iberian Peninsula from the 9th to 5th centuries BCE during the Iron Age. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 Nov. 2023 However, the area has been populated since the Iron Age, and several archaeological gems can be seen close to the trail. David Escribano, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Nov. 2023 The Bronze Age would lead to the Iron Age in 1200 B.C. and the Roman Conquests that followed. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 Similarly, the Iron Age saw an upgrade in weapons quality, from bronze to more durable iron, and a political realignment as the Assyrian empire rose to power. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 10 Oct. 2023 The bracteate also displays a swastika, an ancient symbol used throughout the Iron Age and later co-opted by German nationalists and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2023 The end of the Iron Age came when the Romans invaded in 43 C.E. Because the comb’s teeth show no signs of wear, researchers say the artifact was likely never used to style or detangle hair. Molly Enking, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2023 In Oc Eo, culture prospered between the first and eighth centuries, during the latter years of the Iron Age. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 But even before the Iron Age, which ended around 600 BCE, iron could still be turned into tools since the material can be found naturally—mostly off of the planet, however. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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“The Iron Age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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