Implications with Sale of the Crosby Garrett Helmet Called for an Urgent Review of The Treasure Act

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SWANSEA, WALES.- In October 2010 a heavily restored Roman cavalry helmet was auctioned on the London market and fetched 2.2 million GBP (3.6 million USD). The helmet is reported to have been found in fields near the Cumbrian village of Crosby Garrett in the north-west of England. The bronze helmet was apparently in 33 fragments, with another 34 smaller fragments found nearby. The discovery was apparently made in May 2010. Some reports suggest the find was made by a single individual, others that it was a father and son team out with their metal-detectors. The helmet was taken to a London auction-house in early June and was then consigned to a restorer who prepared the piece for photographs and the sale. Field Liaison Officers from the Portable Antiquities Scheme were shown the alleged find-spot at the end of August. There has been concern that such an unusual find was not covered by The Treasure Act (1996). This piece of leg