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Archaeology InSites

Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Iron

The Age of Iron brought about increased fortification and large tribal centres dominated the land. This age saw the rise of a class of elites who inhabited hillforts or immense architectural structures such as monumental roundhouses, including crannogs, brochs and wheelhouses.

West Mains fort and enclosed settlement - Tranent, East Lothian

Hidden beneath the ground at West Mains farm is a buried archaeological site. This large fort is not only enigmatic because it isn't noticeable from the ground, but is enigmatic because it is only visible under certain conditions. The best, and sometimes the only, way to see it is from the air.

Tap O' Noth Hillfort - Rhynie, Aberdeenshire

The mighty hillfort of Tap O' Noth rises to 563 metres above sea level at its highest point. It is situated at the south-west end of a whale backed ridge above the village of Rhynie. It is the second highest in Scotland and the massive fortification which crowns its summit is visible for miles around. It is so dominating, in fact, that at one time it was thought to be a volcano. The massive stone walls of the fort at the summit do look a little like a crater.