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Ancient Greek golden hairnet featuring Aphrodite and Eros, Dionysiac masks, a Herakles knot and other symbolic details. (The J Paul Getty Museum)

from io9

The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat

If you're going to go into battle wearing a full suit of metal armor, you'd better do it in style. Here are some of the most amazing (and bizarre) helmets you've ever seen, from the age of knights and swords.


Bone pins From Jarlshof, Shetland - These bone pins were found at Jarlshof in Shetland. They were used as dress pins or hairpins, sometime between 850 and 1100. The heads of the pins were carved into elaborate three-dimensional animal heads. Bone pins are common finds from Viking settlements, reflecting their common use as dress pins to fasten clothing together or as hairpins. Animal-headed pins have been found widely in Scandinavia, and to a lesser extent in the British Isles

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30 Incredible Historic Artifacts

Celtic: Berlin Gold Hat. 1,000 - 800 BCE. A documentary about this piece speculated that this is where the modern idea of a wizard's hat comes from. Believed to have been worn by #Celtic Druids during ceremonies, and/or as the insignia of deities or priests in the context of a Sun cult that appears to have been widespread in Central Europe at the time.