The Iron Age lasted in Britain for about 800 years (from c.750 BC to AD 43), during which coinage was introduced, goods traded over vast distances and wheel thrown pottery was being made. The knowledge of iron-making was brought to Britain by Europeans, who had already started to build the first furnaces.
Iron Age Britain was a land of small farmsteads run by communities of families. Many farms were surrounded by a circular bank and ditch enclosure; harvested crops were stored in granaries that were raised from the ground on posts, or in bell-shaped pits 2-3m dug into the landscape. Cattle, ox, sheep and pigs were kept and horses used for pulling 2 or 4 wheeled vehicles (carts, chariots).
Britain's Iron Age people worn a form of close-fitting trousers (braccae), with a long tunic of either linen or wool, held at the waist with a belt. A cloak would have been fastened at the shoulder with a brooch. The textiles were dyed bright colours and were woven with striped or checked patterns.
The Celts arrived in Britain around 500 BC and at first lived in small village farming groups. Over time these groups joined together into larger tribes that were ruled by a king or queen, such as Queen Boudicca the wife of the ruler of the Iceni tribe who lived in eastern England.
Most people find this complex span of human prehistory difficult to distinguish from the Roman occupation, let alone teach and inspire knowledge in others. Ancientcraft can help explain the fascinating period, with the use of replica items (such as the Iron Age tools, jewellery, coins and pottery) and expert knowledge based on archaeological evidence.