Iron Age and Roman Archaeology
This was a technology which they were able to obtain from their Central European neighbors. Apart from this, it could also be noted that the Celtic La Tène culture was known for its superior iron-working technology and its great influence in the north.The oldest iron objects that were discovered were needles. however other tools such as edged tools, sickles as well as swords were also located after it. In this light, it has been noted that Bronze was continually utilized throughout the whole period however it was more generally used for decoration. It was in funerary practices that the Bronze Age tradition carried on particularly in the burning of the corpses and placing the remains in urns. This was well recognized to be a characteristic custom of the Urnfield culture. Throughout the preceding centuries, influences from the Central European La Tène culture stretched out to Scandinavia from north-western Germany, and more importantly, the discoveries from this period came from all the provinces of southern Scandinavia.Archaeologists were also able to discover swords, spearheads, sickles, pincers, shield bosses, needles, buckles, kettles, knives, scissors, etc. from this time. Bronze was still continually employed as part of kettles and torcs, the style of which were incessant from the Bronze Age. Among the most prominent discoveries is the Gundestrup silver cauldron as well as the Dejbjerg wagons from Jutland, which is two four-wheeled wagons of wood made with bronze parts.At the time of 1200 B.C., throughout the British Middle Bronze Age, the production of iron had been mastered in the Near East. Starting from there, the knowledge extended to southern as well as central Europe and ultimately to Britain. (Hist. of Technology 1962, 592) Daggers were noted to be earliest dated iron objects in Middlesex from the Thames.