When Did The Iron Age Begin ?
In archaeological terms, Iron Age is basically referred to the time period where the basic material used in making weapons and tools was iron. Iron holds the third position in the categorization system of the ancient cultures. As far as the beginning of the Iron Age is concerned, its earliest beginning is associated with the southeastern part of Europe and the region which is presently known as the Middle East during 1200 B.C.
The beginning of Iron Age varies as per the regions and it is evident that every region that experienced this time period had actually had it in an exclusive time period which was different from every other region in this case. In China, Iron Age began around 600 B.C. In ancient periods of Korea and Japan, the Iron Age is considered to begin during 500 to 400 B.C. As per the Britannica Encyclopedia, iron was used under limitations in the ancient Middle East during 3000 B.C. It claims that metal was much more dominant in that region at that particular time.
If one believes the Boston University scholars then Iron Age could be divided in two different sub sections known as the Iron Age first and the Iron Age second. The first category resembles the Bronze Age that preceded the former and lasted from 1200 to 1000 B.C. whereas the second form or the category is known to exist between 1000 and 500 B.C.
So, basically there is no such hard and fast rule which mentions the beginning of the Iron Age as it varies as per the regions being discussed.
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