The Crosby Garrett Helmet

Sally Worrell
2010 Papers from the Institute of Archaeology  
Editor's note: The following article provides contextual information for the forum regarding a recent and controversial metal detecting find. The helmet and mask visor were found in May by a former student in his 20s from Peterlee, Co Durham who had been detecting with his father for some years in Crosby Garrett, Cumbria. I first saw the helmet and met the finder when the helmet first arrived at Christie's in June 2010. At this point, the face-mask, folded helmet and fragments of the helmet and
more » ... s of the helmet and the crest attachment in the form of a griffin were noted. The face-mask had been placed face-down on a bed of cotton wool with the other components of the helmet in a large plastic box and no attempt had been made to remove the soil from the back of the mask. The finder reported that the helmet was found with the mask and griffin crest attachment detached, with the visor lying more or less complete and face down, with the helmet in pieces (34 fragments and a further 34 smaller fragments). The appearance of the fragments suggests strongly that the helmet had been broken up and folded before burial. There was significant damage represented by a large hole at the chin and damage at the outer edge of curls. Unfortunately, at no time before the sale of the helmet on October 7th, was it possible to undertake formal archaeological conservation of the object.
doi:10.5334/pia.338 fatcat:rc2f44uicrgfbkt2dauc5upcki