The People of the Metal Age
The people of every era are distinguished by their culture, society and way of living. People of every era differ from the people of another on the basis of language, cultural values and also in manner of their occupation and vice versa. People of metal ages are discussed below as it is not enough to discuss in detail hence a brief discussion is added here.
The Iron Age People
People of Iron Age are called “barbarians” they covered the historic area of Europe called Rome. People lived in form of groups are their roots dated back to Bronze Age. It is not easy to specify a particular area where Romans were living. Although it is known that the people of that times lived in tribes. Number of tribes existed at that time and these tribes came closer by exchanging gifts and also through trade. This caused a change in their tribal composition. Any writers wrote that the culture followed by Romans was Barbarian culture. It was first time observed in the Europe that people were named individually like, king, goddess, heroes. In the metal ages, however ethnic groups and individual names were popularized however a little knowledge is present regarding their history. Archaeologists work on how people lived by their artefacts and other remains. Their way of living is evident from their drawings. In Mycenaean Crete, different wall paintings are displayed showing men and women costumes. Also statues are placed there. These statues and paintings do not portray the whole picture of people living that time. Although, their physical remains and the things they made can provide evidences of their living style. Their appearance can be known by the skeletons found in graves. These skeletons are the better evidences than the paintings and statues.
People of that time were same in height like the people of present time. They burial rites were the same like they used to burry people with one cemetery. The mortality rate was high at that time. The average human age was 30-40 years. Very few old members very found. Infant mortality rate was higher. The death age for men was 31 while for women it was 20. One of the evidence suggest that 30 people were present in a specific area with half of children population. Body remains suggest heavy physical labour whereas no labour was observed in Bronze Age.
Life threatening diseases were observed during Metal Ages like rheumatism and arthritis, tuberculosis, bone tumour that increased the death toll. Vertebral deformities were found in skeletons of Copper Age. Women skeletons suggest that they took great care in terms of their appearance. Different hairstyles were found with braided hair and hair cut up to shoulders in bob style. It was also found that women wore a variety of ornaments at that time.
Archaeologists are working on fossils of different ages in order to provide detailed evidence of history of that times which help us know about the living and culture followed by people of that age.