A medieval helmet of Viking origin – among only a handful of known examples of its kind in Europe – has been unearthed in Romania.
The helmet, believed to be from between the 10th and 13th centuries, was found during work at Siret River, which flows through the east of Romania.
According to the newspaper Media Fax, the helmet was found 11 years ago but was not declared or handed over to authorities until now after a police investigation recovered the item on 7th February.
The police wrote on Facebook: “Investigations began as early as December 2020, following clues obtained by police officers. The helmet of Viking origin was initially found during landscaping works carried out in 2010 at Siret River without being declared or handed over to the authorities.
“The cultural item can be dated to the X-XIII centuries and represents a type of helmet most often encountered in the Baltic and Kievian Rus region. It is appreciated by specialists in the field as having immeasurable historical value, being unique in Romania, and among the few known examples in Europe.”
The helmet has been handed over to the Moldova National Museum Complex where experts will begin to classify it as a national cultural heritage item.
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