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The Yarm Helmet

Caple, C. (2020) 'The Yarm Helmet.', Medieval Archaeology, 64 (1). pp. 31-64.


THE YARM HELMET, unearthed in the 1950s by workmen at Yarm (North Yorkshire, England), is a composite construction ‘crested’ helmet of riveted, undecorated, thin iron plates. Without close parallel at the time it was found, it could not be confidently attributed to a specific date or culture. This paper records, analyses and reassesses the helmet, demonstrating that it is not a later copy, but an original 9th–11th-century helmet, comparable with the helmet at Gjermundbu (Norway). Its materials and construction speak to the growing pragmatism of arms and armour production, which was necessary to supply the increasing numbers of armed warriors present in this period.

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Date deposited:25 May 2021
Date of first online publication:02 July 2020
Date first made open access:02 January 2022

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