from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period in cultural development succeeding the Bronze Age in Asia, Europe, and Africa, characterized by the introduction of iron metallurgy. In Europe it began around the eighth century B.C. See Usage Note at Three Age system.

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  • proper n. A level of culture in which Man used iron and the technology of iron production. (Estimated to have begun in Europe about 1100 BCE)
  • proper n. The most recent and debased of the four or five classical Ages of Man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That stage in the development of any people characterized by the use of iron implements in the place of the more cumbrous stone and bronze.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world
  • n. (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons


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  • Cunliffe, Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians: Spheres of Interaction (New York: Methuen, 1988); Peter S. Wells, Beyond Celts, Germans, and Scythians: Archaeology and Identity in Iron Age Europe (London: Duckworth, 2001).

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  • I went to my first meeting one late-summer morning at the Northmoor Trust near Oxford, in the lee of Wittenham Clumps, the Iron Age hilltop fort made famous by Paul Nash, who painted the hill and the beeches at its summit endlessly.


  • The others settled on riding south down the old Roman road to the Badbury Rings, to view the ancient Iron Age fort.

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  • It was not enough in the Iron Age to have metal for plowshares, and nearly the entire population was illiterate, since Kirghiz was not a written language.

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  • If they were, then they were as confusing as the Iron Age earthworks at the entrance of Maiden Castle, two thousand years older than Roundheads and Cavaliers, and their cannon —

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