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700 BC to 0




Radiocarbon dating for the first circular inhabitation enclosure at Emain Machae (Navan Fort near Armagh)

Gold and bronze hoard from Kilbride near Newport (gold bracelet & gold dress-fastener together with 2 bronze axes)

Gold bracelet in two parts found at Carrowbeg, Kilmeena

Hallstatt influences. Iron Metallurgy in Ireland, though Bronze Age economy still in evidence.

Between 1000 BC - 500 BC a climatic change occurs and the temperature decreases. Forestal changes forces animals further south. A consequence of the climatic change is longer freezing of the fjords, which could have led to difficulties with the hunting of sea mammals during springtime.

Seasonal movement between inland and coast is again common.

The west coast of Norway seems to be well organized. Traces of traditional stone-fences divides the area into different farms. Huge grave mounds characteristic for this period. Chieftains probably ruled the Bronze Age-society. Bronze played a major role for the organization of the society, and those who controlled the import of it had a leading position.

700 BC Three swords are thrust point down into a bog on the island of Shuna, seven miles from Kilmartin. A votive offering? A 'sacrifice'? At about the same time, a hoard of metal objects was left on the banks of Loch Awe at Torran.

c 500 BC Hill-top fortifications. The remains of around 30 forts survive in the Kilmartin area, including Dunadd.

Bronze and Iron Age objects: sculpture in stone and wood; Turoe stone. La Téne influence.

Building of crannogs hillforts , and ringforts continues; earliest examples of La Téne influenced art styles in Ireland

Around 500 - 300 BC there is a transition along the coastline of Northern Norway up to the Tromsø area where people settle down in farmsteads, and there is a shift from a more nomadic to a settled population. This is what developed into the norse population of the area.

In the interior people continue the previous way of life steadily more influenced from cultures further east. This is what later became the saami population.

While in the Bronze Age: huge mounds of burial, artefacts of prestige, sacrifices and rock carvings, the graves in the Iron Age are smaller, poorer, with fewer sacrifices.

300 BC Construction of one of the 20 crannogs on Loch Awe, north-east of Kilmartin Glen.

Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll

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