Viking Helmet

Approx. Period: 700 AD
Length: 0.25m Width: 0.25m

The myth that Viking helmets were fitted with horns is much debated. They would have adopted similar construction techniques known over northern Europe at the time, including the use of bone and horn strengthening. The styles changed considerably, adding or improving protective features such as the "Spectacle" face guard illustrated here.

The Viking Helmet strength comes from the iron cruciform structure. The sections are filled with stout leather panels, though beaten metal or bone panels were also used. The Spectacle face plate gave protection to the face, nose and eyes and a thick leather flap attached to the rear provided protection to the neck.