Saturday, March 12, 2011

Crosby Garrett Roman helmet find prompts national treasure debate

Frustration surrounding the sale of a Roman helmet unearthed in Cumbria could be set to influence changes to how treasures are declared.

There was disappointment in the county when the uniquely well-preserved bronze mask was sold at auction to a mystery private buyer.

Historians at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum launched a publicly-backed Keep It In Cumbria fundraising campaign and bid up to £1.7 million for the helmet. It sold for £2m.

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