Auxiliary Cavalry type B, from Witcham Gravel, Cambridgeshire. I-II century AD.
Auxiliary Cavalry type B, from Witcham Gravel, Cambridgeshire. I-II century AD.
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Auxiliary Cavalry type B, from Witcham Gravel, Cambridgeshire. I-II century AD.

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Roman Empire
I-II century AD.

The Witcham Gravel helmet is a Roman auxiliary cavalry helmet from the first century AD. Only the decorative copper alloy casing remains; an iron core originally fit under the casing, but has now corroded away. The cap, neck guard, and cheek guards were originally tinned, giving the appearance of a silver helmet encircled by a gold band. The helmet’s distinctive feature is the presence of three hollow bosses, out of an original six, that decorate the exterior. No other Roman helmet is known to have such a feature. They may be a decorative embellishment influenced by Etruscan helmets from the sixth century BC, which had similar, lead-filled bosses, that would have deflected blades.

This helmet is simplified. The dome, back plate and the cheek pieces are just of tinned (!) iron.
Originally the iron parts were covered with thin sheet of copper alloy which was tinned.
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