Iron Age

WHS whose OUV derives entirely or significantly from Iron Age constructions. The Iron Age is the archaeological period generally occurring after the Bronze Age, marked by the prevalent use of iron. The dates and context vary depending on the geographical region.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Al Ain "Iron Age settlement at Hili Archaeological Park" (AB ev)
Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites examples of technological construction types that illustrate the Iron Age in Western Africa (AB ev)
Arslantepe Mound Excavations began in the 1930s, conducted by a French mission headed by L. Delaporte. By investigating the upper part of the mound, Delaporte unearthed the remains of remarkable Iron Age buildings, among which the so-called neo-Assyrian palace (7th century BC) and the well-known Lions' Gate (9th-8th centuries BC). (Nomination Text, p. 37)
Ban Chiang "the most recent graves date to the Iron Age" (wiki)
Brú na Bóinne defense ditches around the central mound in Knowth
Dacian Fortresses The hill-fort and its evolved successor, the oppidum, were characteristic of the Late Iron Age in Europe (AB ev)
Deer Stone Monuments Bronze Age and Early Iron Age deer stone monuments
Fossil Hominid Sites Makapan Valley - findings at Cave of the Hearths
Gordion "Most of the finds and the structures that emerged from the excavations at Gordion pertain to the Iron Age." (AB ev)
Hallstatt-Dachstein Halstatt culture was an (early) Iron Age culture
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago Remains were found
Khami Ruins "The largest concentration of stone walling and terracing at Khami surrounds a prominent hill overlooking the Kame River. This was almost certainly the residence of the Mambo (king) although several ceremonial objects found during excavations suggest that it was also a centre of ritual in the Iron Age town."(see link)
Lake Malawi Archaeological evidence points to a long period of human occupation with sites dating back to the Iron Age in the 4th century. (AB ev)
Petra the Iron Age settlement on Umm al Biyara (OUV statement)
Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai "This period, which coincides with the Scythian Period, reflects the development of a completely horsedependent, herding culture that dominated the steppes of Eurasia. The images are scenes of hunting and riding,." (AB ev)
Plain of Jars used for funerary practices in the Iron Age (AB ev)
Qalhat The earliest historic evidence in the ancient city of Qalhat is an Iron Age tomb dating to around 500 BC (AB ev)
Southern Öland "Large burial grounds from the Iron Age testify to a rich and important pre-history. The present agricultural community has a continuity which partly extends as far back as the Iron Age." - nomination file
Talayotic Menorca "from the Bronze Age (1600 BCE) to the Late Iron Age (123 BCE)" (AB ev)
Tanbaly Some petroglyphs date from the Early Iron Age and were made by Sakae, Wusun peoples (AB ev)
Tchogha Zanbil Iranian Iron Age, ca. 1250 BC


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