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Vikings didn’t invent those iconic horned helmets and probably never wore them

Vikings didn't invent those iconic horned helmets and probably never wore them
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In 1942, a worker chopping peat in a bog in Vixo, Denmark, discovered two helmets with horns, only now identified by archaeologists, forged in Sardinia during the Bronze Age. This means that the iconic brain buckets were warned by warriors more than 2,000 years before the Vikings appeared on the scene. From LiveScience:

“For many years in popular culture, people associated Vixu helmets with Vikings,” said Helle Vandekeld, an archaeologist at Aarhus University in Denmark. “But in reality, this is nonsense. The centuries-old subject is from the Bronze Age and can be traced back to the ancient Near East.” […]

New research by Vandkilde and her colleagues confirms that helmets were placed in the swamp around 900 BC – nearly 3,000 years ago and many centuries before Viking or Norse control of the area.[…]

In addition to their prominent horns, Viksø helmets are decorated with symbols that are supposed to look like the eyes and beak of a bird of prey; The feathers that have since eroded are likely stuck to the ends of the pods with birch tar, and each helmet may also have had a horsehair mane.

There is no indication that Viksø helmets were ever used for warfare, which was usually carried out in the Scandinavian Bronze Age with only primitive helmets or no helmets at all. “They were never used in battle,” Vandekeld said.

Photo: National Museum of Denmark

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