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The Yarm Helmet

Caple, C.

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C. Caple


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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 2, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date May 24, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 2, 2022
Journal Medieval Archaeology
Print ISSN 0076-6097
Electronic ISSN 1745-817X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 1
Pages 31-64


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