the period in the history of humankind, following the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, marked by the use of implements and weapons made of iron.
(lowercase)Classical Mythology. the present age, following the bronze age; the last and worst of the four ages of the human race, characterized by danger, corruption, and toil.
(lowercase) any age or period of degeneracy or wickedness.
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How to use Iron Age in a sentence
The 70,000 coins dated back 3,000 years to the Iron Age and worth an estimated $15 million.
Beginning in 2005, Marf Zamua began to document Late Bronze Age and Iron Age sites that were revealed during a period of unrest.Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again | Nina Strochlic | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Whether those facts match the cosmology of an Iron Age text is not their problem.Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist | Jay Michaelson | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some date back to the early Iron Age, and some lie fifteen or twenty feet beneath the surrounding fields—“more ravines than road.”The Unfindable Place: Robert Macfarlane’s Holloway | Edward Platt | June 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet they shielded the unfortunate and the persecuted and the poor; they gave the only consolation which an Iron Age afforded.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V | John Lord
She spends her Iron Age alone, and would not be approached, except for the loveliness of her niece.The Sorrows of Young Werther | J.W. von Goethe
The Iron Age gave birth to all the calamities that afflict mankind.The Student's Mythology | Catherine Ann White
In this Iron Age we have advanced a step, and even sailors can now boast of having posts to their beds.In Eastern Seas | J. J. Smith
A Brahmin of the present Iron Age is quite a different ecclesiastic from what he was in the past golden age.The Hindoos as they Are | Shib Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for iron age (1 of 2)
classical myth the last and worst age in the history of the world
British Dictionary definitions for Iron Age (2 of 2)
the period following the Bronze Age characterized by the extremely rapid spread of iron tools and weapons, which began in the Middle East about 1100 bc
(as modifier): an Iron-Age weapon
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Scientific definitions for Iron Age
The period in cultural development succeeding the Bronze Age in Asia, Europe, and Africa, characterized by the introduction of iron metallurgy. In southeastern Europe and the Middle East the beginning of the Iron Age is generally dated to around 1200 bce, with later dates for other parts of Europe and the other continents. Although not as hard or durable as bronze, iron is a more abundant resource, and the Iron Age saw a rapid expansion of metalworking wherever the technology was introduced. See Note at Three Age system.
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Cultural definitions for Iron Age
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