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Cavalry combat helmet

 

Height: 34.000 cm

P&EE 1891 11-17 1

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Cavalry combat helmet

    Roman Britain, 1st century AD
    From Witcham Gravel, Ely, Cambridgeshire

    The helmet would have protected the wearer's head with an inner iron head-piece and neck-guard, which are now largely missing. Though the small bosses would have helped deflect blows from weapons, the outer bronze casing is mostly decorative.

    A silvery coating of tin was applied to the dome, neck-guard and cheek-pieces, giving a striking contrast with the golden-coloured bronze parts.

    The crest box, one cheek-piece and several of the bosses are now missing.

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    On display: Room 49: Roman Britain