Roman Imperial Italic G Helmet AH-6056-N
The Roman Imperial Italic G Helmet was said to have been found in a cave near Hebron, perhaps lost by a Roman legionary during the Bar Kochba Rebellion of 132-135 AD. Its incorporation of cross-bracing on the cranium is in keeping with a trend seen in other helmets of the early second century AD and beyond. This was perhaps initiated in response to the Dacians' deadly two handed scythe, the falx, encountered by Romans during Trajan's Dacian Wars in 101-102 AD and 105-106 AD. While the thin brass cross-bracing on the Italic D was more decorative than functional, the heavy iron bars found on the Italic G were definitely intended to stop or deflect an overhead blow. The attractive lunate appliqués on the skull indicate the cross bracing was a part of the helmet's original manufacture, rather than a "field retrofit" as found on at least one surviving Imperial Gallic helmet.