A bronze Greek warrior helmet dating back to the 6th or 5th century BC has been discovered on a seabed in Israel, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.
Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit with the Israel Antiquities Authority, said: “The gilding and figural ornaments make this one of the most ornate pieces of early Greek armour discovered.”
How it ended up on the seabed in Haifa Harbour remains unknown.
One theory is that it belonged to a warrior stationed on one of the warships of the Greek fleet that fought the Persians, who ruled the country at the time.
The Israel Antiquities Authority determined that it was fabricated by experts from a single sheet of bronze by means of heating and hammering.
This technique made it possible to reduce the weight of the helmet without diminishing its capacity to protect the head of the warrior.