(Classical mythology) The last and worst age of the world.
(Archeology) The period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons.
Developmental stage of human technology when weapons and tools were made from iron. Iron was produced in Thailand by about 1600 BC but was considered inferior in strength to bronze until about 1000 when metallurgical techniques improved and the alloy steel was produced by adding carbon during the smelting process.
Iron Age cultures include Hallstat (named for a site in Austria), La Téne (from a site in Switzerland), and Marnian (from the Marne region, France).