Where does prehistory end and history begin? In
short, with the Iron Age. Beginning around 1200 B.C., advancements in ironworking led to the invention of weapons and tools, and ultimately to writing and literature via the creation of alphabets. Generally, prehistory encapsulates the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, before written records, whereas anything after the Iron Age and the advent of writing is considered history.
At this weekend’s Artissima
fair, five artists explore our modern connection to this distant archaeological era with a group show that focuses on what made the epoch so pivotal: metalwork.