Treasure Hunter Unearths $460K Roman Helmet
Rare British find expected to fetch a fortune at auction
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 4:05 AM CDT
A Christie's employee poses for photographs behind a Roman bronze helmet found with the use of a metal detector.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Newser) – An amateur treasure hunter in Britain has unearthed a Roman helmet expected to fetch at least $460,000 at auction. The bronze helmet—only the third of its kind ever found in Britain—has a face mask and is topped with a griffin. Experts say the helmet, found in a field with the help of a metal detector, would have been worn at sports parades instead of in combat, the BBC reports.