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 Trip Historic 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

Northeast of the French village of Lunel, where the Via Domitia crossed the Vidourle River, lies the ruins of Roman Ambrussum. This interesting archaeological sites holds three main attractions, the Iron Age defended settlement known as the Oppidum, a Roman era staging post complex and the remains of the nearby Roman... Read More

Carnfree

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

The Carnfree complex lies 6km south-south-east of Rathcroghan and comprises of sixteen monuments. Access to the area is Limited as the sites are on private land and accessed by small country roads (very small), but visits to the area can be arranged by special appoint with staff at the Rathcroghan Centre... Read More

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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.

The Celtic hillfort of Otzenhausen contains the remains of an ancient fortification in Germany, thought to have been constructed by the Treveri tribe. The hillfort is positioned at the edge of the Hunsrück Nature Park, and their considerable height and location gives them a dominant view of the surrounding area -... Read More

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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.

Chysauster Ancient Village contains the ruins of a late Iron Age and Romano-British settlement in Cornwall, which is operated by English Heritage. It is believed that Chysauster was inhabited from about 100 BC until the 3rd century AD and was primarily an agricultural settlement. This late Iron Age village is believed... Read More

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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.

Citania de Briteiros is a Portuguese archaeological site containing the ruins of an ancient settlement. In fact, dating back to the second century BC, Citania de Briteiros was home to a people known as part of the castro culture, named as such because the high areas on which they settled... Read More

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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.

Din Lligwy is a prehistoric site in Anglesey in Wales. Thought to have been in existence in the Iron Age and to have been inhabited for a long period of time, excavated pieces from Din Lligwy have been dated to the fourth century AD. Din Lligwy is comprised of a small... Read More

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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.

Gamla Uppsala, also called Uppsala Högar, is a famous ancient burial site in Sweden which includes hundreds of ancient graves, most notably the three large burials known as The Royal Mounds. With its roots stretching far back in time, much of the history of Gamla Uppsala is unclear and mingles into... Read More

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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.

The Hili Archaeological Park and Gardens is a Bronze Age site located just north of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. It was in use in the 3rd millennium BC and ruins include settlements, tombs, and a later Iron Age falaj (irrigation channel) which made use of water from nearby... Read More

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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.

Hod Hill is an Iron Age hillfort and one of the largest of its kind in Dorset. With its imposing size and ramparts, Hod Hill would have defended a village. In 44 AD, it is likely to have been captured by the Romans during their invasion of Britain. The Roman Second... Read More

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Jabel Hafit Tombs

5000 year old beehive tombs

The Jabel Hafit Tombs (also spelt Jebel Hafeet Tombs) are 5,000 year old domal-beehive tombs composed of stacked natural and edged stones. The site is located near the Omani border on the east side of Al Ain in the UAE. Two oases the Al Ain and Buraimi provided water for agriculture... Read More

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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.

Maiden Castle is vast, well preserved Iron Age hill fort in Dorchester. Its name is believed to be derived from two Celtic words, ‘Mai’ and ‘Dun’, meaning “Great Hill”. Imposing and incredibly complex, Maiden Castle would certainly have posed a great challenge to anyone wishing to invade it. Whilst the site... Read More

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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.

Oweynagat (cave of the cats) is a pre-Christian spiritual site located within the Rathcroghan Royal Complex of North Co. Roscommon. The site is mentioned in a number of ancient Irish texts as the entrance of the Otherworld or as the Aí of Cruachan. In mythology the cave is home to the... Read More

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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.

The Rathcroghan complex is a four square mile archaeological region located in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. It is noted for being one of the richest archaeological areas in Ireland with over 200 recorded monuments centring on the Celtic Royal Centre of Rathcroghan (Cruachan). The area is located within a complex archaeological... Read More

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Silchester Roman Town

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

Silchester Roman Town is home to the remains of Calleva Atrebatum, a town which flourished under the Romans in the mid-first century AD. Built on the site of what had been an Iron Age trading hub, Calleva Atrebatum itself became a busy town crammed with shops, homes and several public... Read More

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.

The Eastern Mound is an archaeological site in Bulgaria comprised of the beautifully preserved gravesite and chariot of an elite Thracian warrior. The Thracians were tribes who existed at the same time as the better known Greeks and Roman civilisations and were often in conflict with these cultures. Dating back... Read More

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.

Van Castle (Van Kalesi) was an Iron Age castle which now stands as a stunning ruin on the rocks to the west of the modern city of Van. It was constructed as part of the Urartu Kingdom in the ninth century BC. Upon the fall of this kingdom in the... Read More