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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Height: 34.000 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1891 11-17 1



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