CELTIC LIFE IN IRON AGE BRITAIN

BRITISH MUSEUM

The Iron Age in Britain

The period of human history when the use of iron became widespread is called the Iron Age. In Britain it begins around 800 BC and ends in AD 43 with the Roman invasion. There is a longer Iron Age in Scotland, which was not conquered by the Romans. The ancient Greeks and Romans called the Iron Age people of western Europe ‘Celts’. Many of these Celtic peoples spoke related languages and created similar abstract art styles, suggesting that intermarriage, trade and other links brought communities from the Atlantic to the Black Sea into regular contact. Although Britain and Ireland were never explicitly referred to as Celtic by the Greeks and Romans, they were part of this world of shared art and languages. Iron Age peoples did not write down their own histories. This means that archaeologists must use the objects that these peoples left behind to reconstruct their lives. This exhibition contains a diverse collection of objects from across Britain. Each community used different objects and held different beliefs. Why not visit your local museum to learn more about how Iron Age people lived in your area?

The Great Torc from Snettisham. Iron Age, about 75 BC. Found at Ken Hill,  Snettisham, Norfolk, England [Credit: © The British Museum]

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