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A rare find in England has riveted the British archeological community.
Artifacts, including a bronze helmet dated to the 1st Century B.C.E., were found by a man with a metal detector on farmland near Canterbury in southeastern England, the BBC reports.
"Even for Britain as a whole, I knew such a find would be incredibly rare," Andrew Richardson, the Finds Manager for the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, recounted on the organization's website. "But the finder seemed very confident and I knew he was an experienced detectorist."
The Bronze Age is a period characterized by the use of copper and its alloy bronze as the chief hard materials in the manufacture of some implements and weapons. Chronologically, it stands between the Stone Age and Iron Age. The term Stone Age implies the inability to smelt any ore, the term Bronze Age implies the inability to smelt iron ore and the term Iron Age implies the ability to manufacture artifacts in any of the three types of hard material. Their arrangement in the archaeological chronology reflects the difficulty of manufacture in the history of technology.
The Iron Age is the archaeological period generally occurring after the Bronze Age, marked by the prevalent use of iron. The early period of the age is characterized by the widespread use of iron or steel. The adoption of such material coincided with other changes in society, including differing agricultural practices, religious beliefs and artistic styles. The Iron Age as an archaeological term indicates the condition as to civilization and culture of a people using iron as the material for their cutting tools and weapons. The Iron Age is the third principal period of the three-age system created by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen for classifying ancient societies and prehistoric stages of progress.
A galea was a Roman soldier's helmet. Some gladiators, myrmillones, also wore a bronze galea with a face mask and a decoration, often a fish on its crest. The exact form or design of the helmet varied significantly over time, between differing unit types, and also between individual examples - pre-industrial production was by hand – so it is not certain to what degree there was any standardization even under the Roman Empire. Originally, Roman helmets were influenced by the neighboring Etruscans, people who utilised the "Nasua" type helmets. The Greeks in the south also influenced Roman design in the early history of Rome. For instance, the ancestor of the Chalcidian helmet, the Attic helmet, was widely used by officers until the end of the empire. Lastly, the Gauls were the peoples who most impacted the design of the Roman helmet hence the popular "Imperial Gallic" type helmets. In addition to this, it is commonly thought that the Gauls also introduced chainmail to the Romans.
Originally posted by Spike Spiegle
reply to post by Merriman Weir
Not a bad thought considering the " look " of the helm, when considering it's age however...
Unless there were German soldiers wearing stahlhelms in ancient Britannia, the answer to your query would be: No.
An Etrusco-Roman bronze helmet of Montefortino/Rieti type late 2nd to middle 1st century B.C. Hemispherical bowl wrought in one piece out of sheet bronze, on the top a finial acorn knob with punched decor, around the rim a border of incised parallel mouldings widening at the back to an avantail decorated with many small struck patterns and a rivet hole for a thong, on each side two holes for affixing the cheek flaps.
Erm, there was no query. I didn't ask anything.
I was simply pointing out that the first thing it reminded me of was a Stahlhelm. I didn't suggest it was a Stahlhelm; that would be ridiculous.