Romanian police discovered last week a rare helmet of “Viking origin” dating from the 11th century, which was lost ten years ago shortly after being found in a riverbed.
With reference to the police statement, the server informed about it Balkan Insight.
The helmet was first discovered in 2010 during the cleaning of the Siret riverbed in northeastern Romania. However, it never got into the hands of conservationists, and the authorities soon lost track of it.
The investigation into the discovery of this valuable artifact began last December, when a police department specializing in clarifying cultural heritage crimes was given a tip on where it was located.
The helmet “may date from the 11th to 13th centuries and is the type most often found in the Baltics and in the (territory of the former) Kievan Rus’,” police said without further details about the circumstances of the finding. Romanian expert and historical illustration artist Radu Olteanu said the helmet dates back to the 11th century.
The object will be exhibited in a museum in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi. The process of its inclusion on the list of Romanian cultural heritage sites is currently underway.
The Vikings were Scandinavian sailors who carried out raids and established settlements in present-day Britain, Ireland, Iceland, the Baltics and northern France. Some also traveled along the rivers in a southeastern direction to the Black Sea and further to Byzantium. According to the widespread theory, they founded the first Russian state in the 9th century, Kievan Rus with the capital Kiev.
Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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