The Hallaton Helmet

What has been hailed as one of the most significant recent UK Iron Age finds is going on display after a nine-year conservation project. The decorated Roman cavalry helmet was discovered at a site in Leicestershire. Experts said its date, close to the Roman invasion of 43 AD, meant it could be evidence of Celtic tribes serving with the Roman army. The artefact, which was found in fragments, has been restored by a team at the British Museum.

Such was its fragile state that the entire block of soil was lifted and sent to the British Museum so it could be excavated under laboratory conditions. Marilyn Hockey, Head of Ceramics, Glass and Metals Conservation at the British Museum, said: “This was one of the most challenging and rewarding projects of my career. “It has been a long job, and I have come to know this object intimately. “But I have felt enormously privileged to have had the chance to work on such a unique and fascinating piece of our history.”

The Hallaton Helmet will be on permanent display at Harborough Museum, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, from 28 January 2012 along with other finds from the site.

More here and here. See also Current Archaeology issue 236.