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Paul Mortimer




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 6:23 am    Post subject: New 6th century Anglo-Saxon helmet from the Isle of Wight         Reply with quote

An important discovery - not ornate but very interesting, nevertheless.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 6:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very exciting! Thanks for posting this. Where do you find out about recent finds?

It is a bit difficult to imagine what the helmet looked like in its original form from the roughly assembled mass of corroded fragments, so the sketch helps.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing this Paul. Seems to be a fairly simple yet sturdy design.
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Paul Mortimer




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 9:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I only found out because someone posted it on another forum and assumed we all knew about it. We didn't!

According to Matt Bunker it was originally thought to be a cooking vessel! That is probably why it has taken so long to emerge.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow that's stunning. The reconstruction drawing makes it look to be of a spangenhelm type. If so this would make it the first spangen found in Britain right?


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Has a "lay-name" been assigned to this helm yet? (i.e, Coppergate helm, Valsgarde VI, etc)

Edit: Just noticed it was found near Shorwell...so Shorwell helm?
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So this is the 5th full Anglo-Saxon helmet right. Sutton Hoo, Benty Grange, Pioneer and Coppergate/York? It is really very different from the others. Some neat variety.

Thanks for posting that. You going to make one Paul?

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