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Bronze Helmet from a Cremation Burial

This is a copper alloy helmet dating from the mid- 1st century BC and associated cremation burial.


This rare soldier’s helmet was found at Bridge, near Canterbury, by a metal detectorist in 2012. This is one of only 5 Iron Age helmets ever found in Britain. The wearer was probably from Kent. It indicates cross channel links and conflicts with the continent during the Iron Age.

Canterbury Roman Museum

Canterbury Roman Museum,
Butchery Lane,
Kent CT1 2JR


This helmet dates from the mid-1st century BC, and is probably from Gaul. It may have been made and used during Caesar’s Gallic Wars. The helmet with a brooch, small spike and some cremated remains are from a grave site discovered in September 2012 near Bridge, outside Canterbury. Only 4 other Iron Age helmets have ever been found in the UK and intriguingly the remains appear to be those of a woman.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History
  • KS2: Local History, The Roman Empire, History of Art, Craft and Design
  • KS4: Metals and Alloys


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