The Iron Age in Britain covered the period from about 800 BC to the Roman invasion of 43 AD. The Iron Age saw the introduction and widespread adoption of iron working technology by 500-400 BC.
As the Iron Age progressed, strong regional groupings emerged, this was reflected in the pottery, metal objects and associated settlement types. In some areas, tribal kingdoms developed. Technological innovation increased significantly, especially with the introduction of the potter's wheel, the lathe and rotary quern for grinding grain. Farming techniques improved and the introduction of the iron-tipped ploughshare made the cultivation of heavy soils possible.
The best known and most visible remains of the Iron Age are the hill forts. Almost 3,000 are known to have existed across the British Isles, ranging in size from small enclosures of less a hectare, to the massive ramparts and multi-ditched site of Maiden Castle in Dorset. As regards Iron Age antiquities for sale, it is the gold and silver coins, with their abstract depictions, that are the most prized by collectors.
Condition: Very good.
Dimensions: 31.5cm x 4cm.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired at UK auction house.