Friday, March 02, 2012

Ancient Greek helmet found in Haifa Bay

LOST AND FOUND, but a little late:
Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown

Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor

Date: 28 February 2012 Time: 11:27 AM ET

A Greek bronze helmet, covered with gold leaf and decorated with snakes, lions and a peacock's tail (or palmette), has been discovered in the waters of Haifa Bay in Israel. But how this helmet ended up at the bottom of the bay is a mystery.

The helmet dates back around 2,600 years and likely belonged to a wealthy Greek mercenary who took part in a series of wars, immortalized in the Bible, which ravaged the region at that time. Archaeologists believe that he likely fought for an Egyptian pharaoh named Necho II.

It's something of a mystery how it was lost. Losing a gold earring is bad but, for a warrior, this would be worse.