York Helmet

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8th century Anglian helmet from York © York Museums Trust (Yorkshire Museum)

This is the finest example of an Anglo-Saxon helmet to survive anywhere.In fifth century Britain, after the Romans withdrew, the Germanic Anglo-Saxons began their invasion. Roman York - Eboracum - became Anglian York - Eoferwic; the Northumbrian capital and a centre of Christian learning. This helmet was found by a mechanical digger during the Coppergate development 1982, lying near the surface, but protected by a chimney. It was excavated immediately and restored to its original appearance. The helmet is made from riveted iron sheets, bound with brass strips adorned with individual and entwined beasts. Chain mail protects the neck. The helmet bears Anglo-Saxon and Irish influences. On the crest is an inscription in Latin which translates as: 'In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God; and to all we say amen. Oshere'. Oshere was probably its owner and judging from the quality of the helmet, possibly of the Northumbrian Royal Dynasty.

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  • 1. At 15:01 on 11 August 2010, gmcoates wrote:

    This helmet is stunning close up, you can get really close to it in its new cabinet in the recently re-opended Yorkshire Museum in York

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