Iron Age

Ancient Warfare
Topic 2: Iron Age

As the Bronze Age progressed, swords and shields developed, and in the Iron Age we see the first landscape features in the form of hillforts.

Up to the end of the Iron Age, it is believed that warfare was limited to short fighting seasons, with soldiers being called from each settlement and then sent home after the fighting.

Honington Iron Age hillfort. (Photo: Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire Collection)

Although we have no evidence of battles between the indigenous Britons and the advancing Roman Empire, the arrival of the Romans sometime between 43 and 47 AD, brought increased military activity to Lincolnshire.