Thanks to John Howland for the following, who had to remind us that our “some” of our coinage came courtesy of the Brits.
I will remind him however that here in the colonies we at least have cold beer!
THE CROSBY GARRETT HELMET…
by John Howland
…Is not only one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made in Britain, but it was discovered by a detectorist which adds a delightful piquancy to the find. It was found on farmland in May 2010 near the Cumbrian village from which it takes its name and is now returning home to Cumbria to go on public display at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum as part of the Hadrian’s Cavalry Exhibition. (www.hadrianscavalry.co.uk)
Dating from between the mid 1st Century and 2nd Century and only one of three of its kind found in Britain, the helmet is experts believe, to have been used in Roman ceremonial spectacles known as Hippika Gymnasia (Horse Exercises) by Roman cavalry units displaying their skill and battlefield prowess.
The mask features a youthful face, which again experts believe, is a representation of Paris, the youngest Troy prince. An anonymous collector paid a staggering £2.3-million ($2,944,000.00) when it came up for auction at Christies, the world-renowned London auctioneers.
All that glitters ain’t gold and all that don’t, ain’t either!
I’ll see y’all in the bar