Nijmegen Helmet

Nijmegen Helmet
Material Bronze, brass, iron
Created Ancient Rome
Present location Valkhof museum, Netherlands

The Nijmegen Helmet is an Ancient Roman helmet, found in a gravel bed on the left bank of Waal river, near the Dutch city of Nijmegen in 1915. The helmet would have been worn by the elite Roman cavalry.[1] The head portion of the helmet is made of iron, while the mask and diadem are of bronze or brass. The helmet has a neck-protecting projecting rim, overlaid with a thin bronze covering plated with silver.[2] The diadem features two male and three female figures.

The helmet sustained oxidisation.[2] Several other Roman sports helmets have also been found in or near Nijmegen.[3]


  1. "Roman helmet to go on show in Carlisle museum". News and Star. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. 1 2 James Curle, "On a Roman Visor Helmet Recently Discovered near Nijmegen", The Journal of Roman Studies, vol. 5, 1915
  3. W.J.H. Willems, "Roman face masks from the Kops Plateau, Nijmegen, The Netherlands", Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies, 3, 1992, p. 61
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