Nijmegen Helmet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Nijmegen Helmet
Het Valkhof - Gesichtshelm eines Reiters.jpg
Material Bronze, brass, iron
Created Ancient Rome
Present location Valkhof museum, Netherlands

The Nijmegen Helmet is an Ancient Roman helmet, found in a gravel bed on the left bank of Waal river, near the Dutch city of Nijmegen in 1915. The helmet would have been worn by the elite Roman cavalry.[1] The head portion of the helmet is made of iron, while the mask and diadem are of bronze or brass. The helmet has a neck-protecting projecting rim, overlaid with a thin bronze covering plated with silver.[2] The diadem features two male and three female figures.

The helmet sustained oxidisation.[2] Several other Roman sports helmets have also been found in or near Nijmegen.[3]


  1. ^ "Roman helmet to go on show in Carlisle museum". News and Star. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b James Curle, "On a Roman Visor Helmet Recently Discovered near Nijmegen", The Journal of Roman Studies, vol. 5, 1915
  3. ^ W.J.H. Willems, "Roman face masks from the Kops Plateau, Nijmegen, The Netherlands", Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies, 3, 1992, p. 61