Chapter Three. The Early Iron Age

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Catherine Morgan Director Professor

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch3

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Morgan, C. (2009) The Early Iron Age, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. King's College London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • the Early Iron Age;
  • Late Helladic IIIC - phase which Klaus Kilian termed “Late Mycenaean city life”;
  • post-palatial world - symbols of authority reused and adapted;
  • burial and society - problems of interpretation following changes in burial customs;
  • settlement histories;
  • mobility, migration, and trade;
  • major cult centers of southern and central Greek mainland - open air sites without specifically religious buildings;
  • metallurgy, cult, and warfare;
  • early Iron Age - eighth century as period of transformation;
  • population pressure and pressure on land


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • After the Palaces

  • Burial and Society

  • Settlement Histories

  • Mobility, Migration, and Trade

  • Subsistence

  • Sanctuaries

  • Metallurgy, Cult, and Warfare

  • Eighth-century Expansion

  • Greeks Overseas

  • City Life

  • Elites in the Eighth Century