The Iron Age was a prehistoric, archaeological era that existed from around 1200 BC to 100 BC (the 12th to 1st Centuries Before Christ). During the Iron Age, iron material was commonly used to make tools, so the era was named after it.
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- The Iron Age existed during prehistoric times in the Old World: Africa, Europe and Asia.
- The Iron Age did not occur in America because this was the New World and had not yet been discovered.
- In Europe and Asia, the Iron Age followed the Bronze Age. In Africa it followed the Stone Age.
- The Iron Age is divided into three parts: the Early Iron Age, the Middle Iron Age and the Late Iron Age.
- During the Iron Age, tools were commonly made of steel and alloys. These were much cheaper, stronger and lighter than the bronze materials used previously, which is why their use became more predominant.
- Iron was a good material to make tools, implements and utensils because it could be hammered into shape and didn’t need to be carved. Hammering the iron was known as ‘smithing’.
- The Iron Age helped many countries to become more technologically advanced. Metalwork made tasks like farming easier, as the iron tools were much better than what the people had before.
- During the Iron Age, farmers used an ‘ard’ (an iron plough) to turn over their fields. These were much more efficient than wooden or bronze ploughs.
- The Iron Age also saw the invention of the rotary quern. This machine helped to grind grains for flour and made the process much quicker and easier for workers.
- Most countries did not adopt iron as their main material until around 500 BC, though there is evidence that some places used it as early as 1500 BC.
- Ironwork first began in Turkey, before spreading to other European countries.
- In Britain, the Iron Age continued past the birth of Christ and into the 1st Century AD when the country was invaded by the Romans.
- The people that lived in Europe during the Iron Age were called the Celts. They lived in villages and were ruled by kings and queens.
- Many of the people that lived during the Iron Age lived in hill forts. Hill forts were groups of thatched houses on top of a hill, surrounded by moats, walls and ditches. People lived like this for protection, as war was common during the Iron Age.
- There were more than 2000 hill forts in Britain.
- The Celtic soldiers who had to go into battle during the Iron Age wore armor made of iron and used swords and spears made from iron.
Iron Age Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Iron Age worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the Iron Age which was a prehistoric, archaeological era that existed from around 1200 BC to 100 BC (the 12th to 1st Centuries Before Christ). During the Iron Age, iron material was commonly used to make tools, so the era was named after it.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Iron Age Facts
- Fill in the Blanks
- Word Search
- Let’s Draw!
- Fact or Bluff
- Parts of the Iron Age
- Compare and Contrast
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