NCBI ROFL: The mystery of the missing Viking helmets

By ncbi rofl | March 20, 2009 6:13 pm

How disappointing: “Contrary to what is commonly believed, the study shows that metal helmets must have been used very infrequently by the Vikings.” [from the journal Neurosurgery]

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  • Cris

    Why is this in Neurosurgery???

  • Anonymous

    Cris asks "Why is this in Neurosurgery?"

    Maybe because it has to do with protecting the brain from trauma. Today there is an article in Los Angeles Times (front page) "War injury leads to advances at home; The military takes the lead in brain trauma research, giving hope to wounded civilians of a 'silent epidemic.'"

    The present article discusses how efficient ancient helmets would have been in preventing trauma from both blunt and sharp weapons, and why some military personnel of the Viking period appear to have chosen not to wear metal head armor.

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