Three-periodic system
Holozän historical time
Late Bronzezeit
Middle Bronzezeit
Early Bronzezeit
Copper stone time
Mittelsteinzeit / Epipal.
Pleistozän Jungpaläolithikum
Paleolithic age

the before-historical Eisenzeit is after the Steinzeit and the Bronzezeit the third period of mankind history. Inthis time began one to use iron for tools and weapons. After the Eisenzeit - depending upon culture area - the antique one or the people migration time follows.

According to whether the writing were already developed, at the beginning of the iron smelting falls and- treatment into the prehistory (z. B. Central and Northern Europe) or early history (Mediterranean area, front Orient, China, India). During the Eisenzeit humans in many regions began to leave written documents. The Eisenzeit applies therefore in many placesas terminator point of the prehistory, since the use of the bibliography marks the transition to early history.

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Central Europe

reed roof on a reproduction of a iron-temporal house in Hampshire, England

in Central Europe begins the Eisenzeit in 8. Century v. Chr. It divided into

Some important archaeological find places:


in Africa began the Eisenzeit, mostly without a preceding Bronzezeit, at that 5. Century v. Chr. (in North Africa) and pulled itself in 15. after-Christian century.

See also: Portal: Pre and early history - Three-periodic system.


  • Bartoloni, Gilda: Archaeological investigations to the relations between old Italy and the zone to the north the alps during the early Eisenzeit of old Europe, results of a colloquium in Regensburg, 3. - 5. November 1994, Regensburg: Univ. - Verl.Regensburg [among other things] 1998, ISBN of 3-930480-23-9
  • olive, R. & Fagan, B.: Africa into the Iron Age, Cambridge University press, 1985, ISBN 0521205980

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