Helmet from Castel Trosino, VI-VII AD.
Helmet from Castel Trosino, VI-VII AD.

Helmet from Castel Trosino, VI-VII AD.

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Langobardiс / Avarian
VI-VII century AD.

The lamellar helmet of Castel Trosino is a type that derives from the Asian area, introduced to Europe by the Avars, among others. Comparable helmets have been found in Kerch, Niederstotzingen, and Nocera Umbra as well as other sites.

“As for lamellar weapons, many scholars attribute their introduction to the Avars, a Nomadic people of Central Asia who came into contact with the Byzantine Empire in the mid-6th century. Once settled on the Danube, the Avars supposedly spread this type of arms to the Germanic tribes of Central and Western Europe, especially to the Lombards who left lamellar specimens at Castel Trosino and Val di Nievole in Italy, and then to the Alamanni beyond the Alps. P. Paulsen (1967) considers the helmet found in Niederstötzingen (Germany) not as Avar but as Lombard or Byzantine, possibly produced in a Pontic workshop.” THE EMPIRE’S INFLUENCE ON BARBARIAN ELITES FROM THE PONTUS TO THE RHINE (5th-7th CENTURIES): A CASE STUDY OF LAMELLAR WEAPONS AND SEGMENTAL HELMET by Damien Glad.

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