Who used iron first

Iron was first used in the East, and, during the period of the great popular migrations, the use of iron spread throughout Europe. Shortly afterwards Africans also began to use the metal, making strangely shaped but highly effective spears. Once Man learnt-how to smelt iron ore he could make many -tools. Working in iron requires a certain level of technological development, for it involves the use of furnaces, anvils and hammers. Bellows are needed to stoke the fire and increase the heat it gives out. With great ingenuity and imagination the Africans invented a considerable variety of types of bellows, all of which were very effective. Today the blacksmith still occupies an important place in the life of an African village. His role is comparable to that of the village blacksmith in European villages a century