Iron Age Sites

Iron Age Sites from around the Globe: If you’re looking to explore Iron Age sites and want to find the best places to view Iron Age history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

Built at a time when tools had graduated to being made of iron or steel, Iron Age sites range from small stone settlements to vast hill forts and even imposing castles. Here, we look at a range of Iron Age sites from around the world, the sites that characterised this final period of prehistory.

There’s an initial selection of Iron Age places and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Iron Age historical sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Iron Age sites.

Our database of Iron Age historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Iron Age sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

Iron Age: Site Index

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Ambrussum

Ambrussum contains the ruins of an Iron Age settlement, a Roman staging post and the remains of the nearby Roman bridge

Carnfree

Carnfree is an extention of the Rathcroghan Archaeological Complex and the Inaugration place of the Kings of Connacht, in Ireland

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Celtic hillfort of Otzenhausen

The Celtic hillfort of Otzenhausen contains the remains of an ancient fortification in Germany, thought to have been constructed by the Treveri tribe.

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Chysauster Village

Chysauster Ancient Village contains the ruins of an Iron Age settlement in Cornwall, which is operated by English Heritage.

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Citania de Briteiros

A Portuguese site dating back to the second century BC, Citania de Briteiros was home to a people known as part of the Castro culture. Today, this Iron Age site includes the remains of a hillfort.

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Din Lligwy

One of many Iron Age sites in the UK, this relatively unknown site in Wales is believed to have been inhabited for an extensive period of time. Today, you can see the remains of several stone structures as well as its fortifications.

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Gamla Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala is an ancient Swedish burial site which includes at least 300 ancient graves, most notably the three large burials known as The Royal Mounds.

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Hili Archaeological Park

The Hili Archaeological Park is a Bronze Age site which contains tombs and ruins dating back as far as the 3rd millennium BC. Today it is a popular public garden and historic site.

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Hod Hill

This large hillfort - one of the biggest such Iron Age sites in Dorset - would have protected a village before it fell to the Romans in the first century AD.

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Jabel Hafit Tombs

5000 year old beehive tombs

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Maiden Castle

One of the best preserved Iron Age sites in the UK, Maiden Castle is a vast and imposing hillfort built in around 600 BC. At its zenith, this Iron Age site is said to have been the size of fifty football pitches. Invaded by the Romans in 43AD and later abandoned, today Maiden Castle’s ruins include a graveyard and a Roman temple.

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Oweynagat

Oweynagat is a natural cave site located within the Rathcroghan Complex which has been altered by man. It has been identified as the Cave of the Cats or the Sigh of Cruachan, a mythical passage was between this work and the Otherworld.

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Rathcroghan

Identified as the traditional location of one of Ireland’s Celtic dynasties, Rathcroghan is an archaeological site in the West of Ireland.

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Silchester Roman Town

Silchester Roman Town flourished from the mid-first century AD and was eventually abandoned.

The Eastern Mound

The Eastern Mound is an archaeological site in Bulgaria comprised of the beautifully preserved gravesite and chariot of an elite Thracian warrior.

Van Castle

Van Castle was built in the Iron Age as part of the Urartu Kingdom and now stands as a stunning ruin in modern Turkey.