The History Book Club - ANCIENT HISTORY: PREHISTORY ~ (STONE, BRONZE, IRON AGES) Showing 1-50 of 77
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We call the Iron Age the time when people began to use iron tools and weapons. This began in about BC. Iron tools were much stronger than bronze. The people who first used iron tools are known as the Celts. The Celts were a group of people from the mainland of Europe. It is not exactly clear when the Celts first came to Ireland as they did not leave written records, however many historians think they came sometime about BC.
This was the Middle Stone Age. People did not know how to farm the land or tame animals. They got food by hunting animals, fishing and gathering fruits and nuts. This is a drawing of some hunter-gatherers in Ireland in the Middle Stone Age. What are these people doing? What are their houses like?
The prehistory of Ireland has been pieced together from archaeological evidence, which has grown at an increasing rate over the last decades.
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They made bronze tools and weapons. To do this they mixed copper from Ireland with tin from Spain. Bronze was easier to shape than stone and it did not break as easily. Bronze Age people built circles made of standing stones called stone circles. These stone circles were used in ceremonies. Beside some of the stone circles, archaeologists have found cooking sites called fulach fia. At the fulach fia , the people filled up a small hole with water and boiled the water using large hot stones from a nearby fire.