Skip to comments.Roman helmet turns history on its head
Posted on 01/11/2012 8:44:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Every school child used to learn how the British defended their land during the Roman Conquest.
But the discovery of a 2,000-year-old Roman helmet beneath a Leicestershire hillside suggests a different story. Rather than repel the invaders, some Britons fought in the Roman ranks.
The ornate helmet was awarded to high-ranking cavalry officers and was found at the burial site of a British tribal leader. According to experts, it transforms our understanding of the Roman Conquest...
The treasure, known as the Hallaton Helmet after the area where it was found, dates to around the time of the Roman invasion in AD43. A Roman goddess flanked by lions adorns the brow, while the cheek pieces feature a Roman emperor trampling a barbarian beneath his horse's hooves...
It was first unearthed in 2000 by Ken Wallace, a retired design and technology teacher who was out testing his £260 second-hand metal detector near his Leicestershire home...
The site yielded 5,500 coins -- the largest Iron Age hoard ever found in Britain -- and the helmet, which had been broken into nearly 1,000 pieces... The helmet was unveiled at the British Museum yesterday after a decade of restoration work paid for by a £650,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The identity of the Briton commemorated at the burial site is unknown but the artefacts show that he was an important figure.
It is difficult to put a price on the helmet, but in 2010 a bronze Roman helmet with face mask was sold for £2.3 million at Christie's.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
The Hallaton helmet will go on permanent display at Harborough Museum later this monthÂ Photo: Christopher Pledger
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Why couldn’t it be the helmet of a Roman Top Dog that the Briton had brought down in battle and they buried the trophy with him?
And they’re 100% sure that this was a presentation to this tribal chief, and not one of his particularly prized trophies from the field of battle?
It`s a War trophy.
The Indians in Massachusetts during the New England Indian Wars wore captured/killed British 3-pointed hats and braided gold jackets.
During the 1690`s & 1709 up until 1753, the French, in skirmishes with Dutch-English combined forces out of Fort Edward and Schuylerville, wore Spanish chest armor captured from the Dutch, still to be seen in Fort Ticonderoga Museum glass case.
save for later
Thought it was common knowledge that some of the Celtic tribes aligned with the Romans.
So what has changed exactly? My 1991 edition of “The Oxford History of Britain” discusses the Claudian invasion of 43AD and reads....
“The invasion met with fierce resistance from some of the British tribes. Others, no doubt not sorry to see the Catuvellaunian hegemony in southern Britain destroyed, surrendered easily or joined the Romans.”
———————Thought it was common knowledge that some of the Celtic tribes aligned with the Romans.-———————
Some Americans sided with the communists too.
Reagan spoke about this in his Rendezvous with Destiny speech. “Better red than dead”, or, “I’d rather live on my knees than die on my feet”.
Wonder how many banquets the chief had to throw to get rewarded with that.
Booty taken from a dead Roman or dead Romans, then lost somehow seems as likely an explanation.
British soldier to another British soldier, after capturing a Roman: Now let ME wear the helmet:)!
Absolutely. There were rebel tribes and others that aligned with Rome. It’s common knowledge to all but newspaper reporters, apparently.
Then again, that could be said of many topics.
And the Romans had a policy of doing just those kinds of things, while maintaining order and rule over an empire of 50 million people with thousands of miles of frontier, using an army of 140,000, and up to another 140,000 or so (probably much less) auxiliaries.
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