The abundance of iron, best properties and the fact that much cheaper than bronze extended use. The introduction of this new technology in various regions of the world was progressive.
Between 3000 B.C. and 2000 B.C. a large number of objects made of cast in Anatolia, Egypt, iron Mesopotamia appears, Indus ... During this time the iron is used for ceremonial purposes and is a very expensive metal
. The Hittites were the first to master the metallurgy of iron on the XIV century BC and from the twelfth century B.C. its use is widespread.
While in the Middle East the use of iron appears in historical times and not so in Europe that still remains in the Prehistory leading to the cultures of Hallstatt in Austria and La Tene in Switzerland.
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