Iron Age Changed the World
- The clank and clatter of the blacksmith's anvil ushered in the Iron Age a thousand years before the age of empires in Rome and Greece.
- Different parts of the world experienced the end of the Bronze Age at other times.
- Still, wherever it happened, the distinctive dark metal brought about enormous changes to daily life in ancient society, affecting everything from how people raised crops to how they waged war.
- Through the Industrial Revolution, which helped Britain become the world's leading industrial power, and into the present day in its more complex form, steel and iron have remained a necessary element for more than 3,000 years.
- Evidence suggests that in approximately 1500 B.C., people in portions of western Africa and southern Asia were the first to understand that the dark-silver pebbles sticking out of the earth could be shaped into tools and weapons.
- Historians believe the metal was accidentally discovered when some ore was placed into a fire and transformed into wrought iron.
How did the use of iron change the life of early man?
Iron was far more durable and sturdy than copper or bronze. Axes, ploughs, sickles, shovels, spears, and other implements could all be made from iron. Iron could be refined in addition to being reforged.