A very rare Thraco-Roman helmet with a mask, made of iron and silver, has been recreated and returned to the museum.
The unique helmet dates back to the 1st century CE and was discovered in 1905 in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The find was stolen in 1995; in 2015 the Bulgarian police managed to recover the artefact. After the passage, the helmet was damaged, but thanks to specialists it was possible to repair it.
The helmet is made of iron and decorated with a silver laurel wreath. The ears of the mask are also made of a thin silver coating. Scientists believe it could have been either a Roman or Thracian item that was used in parades and performances. The helmet belonged to a Thracian aristocrat from today’s Plovdiv, in whose tombstone was the object.