This helmet today exposed in the Museum” La Vieille Charité” in Marseille was found on the commune of Bouc Bel Air close to the  Baou Roux oppidum. It is dated in the last quarter of the 2nd century BC when the Romans settled permanently in Provence. The helmet is particularly thin and light. It weighs 950 grams. König that made our reproduction of the Rieti bronze helmet on the same techniques says that the most you hammer the bronze, and as it become thinner, the more strength it gains. This thus produces both a lighter and a more durable helmet. Surprisingly you can stand on top of this helmet with one foot (also its quite tricky…), while the same test with an Indian model brass thicker and heavier of a well-known manufacturer was damaged significantly.


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