Monday, 4 April 2011
The Dawn of the Iron Age- In Our Time
You can't avoid experts talking about definitions and speculating about dates, but it always seems to me that the Iron Age is one of those really useful self explanatory terms that don't need defining any more than an elephant does. You don't need to be a zoologist to know what an elephant is all about. And likewise, I think we can all grasp what the Iron Age is.
What this programme brings out well is that as the Iron Age dawned it wasn't just about technology. Bronze had required a high level of skill and access to rare metals. Once the knowledge was out, iron was much more abundant and came to be much more widely used. In some ways it democratised technology and set off the chain of events that led to out modern world.