Staffordshire helmet

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Cheek guard from the Staffordshire helmet

The Staffordshire helmet is an Anglo-Saxon helmet discovered in 2009 as part of the Staffordshire Hoard. It is part of the largest discovery of contemporary gold and silver metalwork in Britain, which contained more than 4,000 precious fragments, approximately a third of which came from a single high-status helmet.[1] Following those found at Benty Grange, Sutton Hoo, Coppergate, Wollaston, and Shorwell, it is only the sixth known Anglo-Saxon helmet.

The helmet, along with the entire hoard, was purchased jointly by the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, and is currently undergoing conservation work. In 2012 a second find of metalwork, including the second cheek guard, was made at the original site.

The helmet is believed to have been made around AD 600-650.[1] Two replicas of the crested helmet have been made for display in the museums in Birmingham and Stoke.[2]

References[edit]

  • Blakelock, E. S. (20 February 2014). "XRF Analysis of Silver Foils from the Staffordshire Hoard" (PDF). Staffordshire Hoard Research Reports. British Museum (8). Free to read
  • Blakelock, E. S. (2015). "XRF Study of Silver Objects from the Staffordshire Hoard" (PDF). Staffordshire Hoard Research Reports. British Museum (19). Free to read
  • Blakelock, E. S. (2016). "The Analysis and Documentation of Niello Objects in the Staffordshire Hoard" (PDF). Staffordshire Hoard Research Reports. British Museum (21). Free to read
  • Butterworth, Jenni; Fregni, Giovanna; Fuller, Kayleigh & Greaves, Pieta (2016). "The importance of multidisciplinary work within archaeological conservation projects: assembly of the Staffordshire Hoard die-impressed sheets". Journal of the Institute of Conservation. Institute of Conservation. 39 (1): 29–43. doi:10.1080/19455224.2016.1155071.
  • Fern, Chris; Speake, George (2014). Beasts, Birds and Gods: Interpreting the Staffordshire Hoard. Warwickshire: West Midlands History. ISBN 978-1-905036-20-2.
  • Magnoler, Deborah L. (3 November 2011). "K453 and the 'Cheek piece' Group". Staffordshire Hoard. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  • "New finds discovered in Staffordshire Hoard field". Staffordshire Hoard. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  • "New Secrets of Staffordshire Hoard Revealed". Popular Archaeology. 23. Summer 2016.
  • Pilkington, Andrew (19 October 2012). "The Staffordshire Hoard Horseman Helmet Foil". Staffordshire Hoard. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  • Shearman, Fleur; Camurcuoglu, Duygu; Hockey, Marilyn; McArthur, Graeme (October 2014). "Investigative Conservation of the Die-impressed Sheet from the Staffordshire Hoard" (PDF). Staffordshire Hoard Research Reports. British Museum (17). Free to read

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b "Staffordshire Hoard Helmets Revealed for Public Display". Staffordshirehoard.org.uk. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ Addley, Esther (23 November 2018). "Ornate gold helmet from Staffordshire hoard recreated". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2018.