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What impact did the Iron Age have on society?
By that time, much of Europe had settled into small village life, toiling the soil with bronze and stone tools. Iron farming tools, such as sickles and plough tips, made the process more efficient and allowed farmers to exploit tougher soils, try new crops and have more time for other activities.
What is the importance of discovering iron for the Iron Age people?
Much as the introduction of bronze improved agriculture, military action, and other activities using tools, the introduction of iron improved them even more. The availability of iron solved the problem of material shortages to make bronze.
What tools did the Iron Age use?
Many different types of weapons and iron tools were used during the Iron Age in Britain, and across the world:
- Daggers. Daggers were very common Iron Age weapons, and before this era, no iron daggers had existed.
- Shields. The Iron Age shield was usually oval or round.
What was the impact of the widespread use of iron?
More widespread use of iron led to improved steel-making technology at a lower cost. Thus, even when tin became available again, iron was cheaper, stronger and lighter, and forged iron implements superseded cast bronze tools permanently.
How did they make tools in the Iron Age?
In the Iron Age, tools from the iron were made by heating the iron on extreme temperatures. They probably used the charcoal fire as a source of heat. As iron is harder and has much more melting point than bronze, it was impossible to use pouring into the mold method for making tools.
How was iron introduced to Africa?
The nearby Djenné-Djenno culture of the Niger Valley in Mali shows evidence of iron production from c. 250 BCE. The Bantu expansion spread the technology to Eastern and Southern Africa during c. 500 BCE to 400 CE, as shown in the Urewe culture of the Lake Victoria region.