First Viking Helmet Discovered in England
Experts believe that the oldest known Anglo-Saxon helmet was found in the British Isles. This centuries-old work was extracted from Yarm, a small town in England. It is also one of the two nearly complete Viking helmets ever uncovered. Experts better understand the development of the helmet in the Viking Age and early Middle Ages with recent studies.
It would not be wrong to call the half helmet a protective headgear. This extraordinary title was found by workers at Stockton-on-Tees (a town in England) in the 1950s.
According to the Preston Park Museum, this helmet is made of riveted iron bands and plates with a simple knot on it. Although there are hammer marks on this Viking-era helmet, indicating that it was made by a blacksmith, the eyes of the wearer are also protected according to the design. The Preston Park Museum website also states that the helmet is beautifully crafted and designed to be used, not displayed.
Discovery in the 1950s Re-Examined
The helmet is about 1 inch thick and can defend the blow from a sword. Although there are missing parts in the helmet, there are also abrasions.
Also, this remarkable title has an important place in historical findings, and despite this, it has not been systematically researched by researchers, there has been debate about its origin.
Dr. Christ Caple, together with his colleagues, studied this particular helmet, compared it with other archaeological discoveries, and analyzed the metallic properties of the helmet. The Stockton-on-Tees Council notes that researchers have determined that this was an “Anglo-Scandinavian helmet” made in northern England in the 10th century, which is much older than thought.
First Anglo-Saxon Helmet Found in England
Dr. “This was a very challenging project because the header was wearing down. Apparently, the helmet should be kept in very dry conditions, ”he said. Another mystery solved by Caple and his colleagues was how the rare artifact survived. The helmet had been found in a flooded environment; It was on the verge of disintegration, even if it was not discovered accidentally by the workers at the time when it started to rust. For some reason, this object was preserved in a pit.
“This is the first Anglo-Saxon helmet found in England.” He spoke to Dr. Capel.
In other words, this enormous helmet that defies time was probably produced by the Vikings who settled in England. Viking helmets have been important protective equipment that truly gave the warriors of the time an advantage.
Evolution of the Helmet: How did the Viking Helmet Distinguish from its Corps?
“The helmet was the warrior’s protective equipment,” said Capel. Anglo-Saxon helmets differ from Viking helmets in that they are highly decorated and are status symbols. Vikings revolutionized headgear design. As a result, protective headgear has become more common in British armies and other combatants.
Another Viking helmet that has remained intact until our time; Found in Gjermundbu, Southern Norway. Although it belongs to the 10th century, this title has also been preserved in a pit due to unexplained circumstances.
Viking Raiders in the British Isles
Vikings first came to Britain to plunder churches and monasteries. Later, they started to settle in England, especially in the northern parts. In the 10th century, when helmets were made, most of the Vikings became Christians, accepting the English King as their king. However, there was an increase in Viking raids from the Kingdom of Denmark at the end of the 10th century AD. At the turn of the century, the English king paid tribute to the Danes to stop their attacks on his kingdom.
The results of the studies excited the local council. Councilor Jim Beall said he was proud that the local museum had a very rare Viking helmet specimen and the first one found in Britain. The helmet has greatly increased the number of visitors to the museum.