The Sutton Hoo Helmet: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure (Video)

Sutton Hoo helmet. Source: British Museum / CC by SA 2.0.

The helmet’s design shows influences from late-Roman helmet types and highlights a connection between England and eastern Sweden. Although fragmented, the imagery on the helmet includes depictions of humans, animals, and scenes of victory and defeat, blurring the line between Roman and northern European influences. The Sutton Hoo helmet is a rare complete metal helmet from its period, making it a significant artifact for understanding the history and warfare of the time. Its discovery and reconstruction shed light on ancient cultures and their interconnectedness, offering a tangible link to the past.

Top image: Sutton Hoo helmet. Source: British Museum / CC by SA 2.0.